A former employee is suing an online shopping company for $5million claiming she was fired for refusing to go to rehab after the firm said she had a ‘social drinking’ problem.
Megan Davis from Hoboken, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit against Rue La La, where she worked as a merchandise manager.
She claims she was fired in December after she refused to attend treatment for what her company believed was a ‘drinking problem’.
The lawsuit is asking for $5million from the company after Davis claims she was wrongfully fired.
Megan Davis was fired from online shopping site Rue La La after she refused to attend a treatment facility for alcoholism. Davis claims she doesn’t have a problem and was discriminated against by the company
Problems for the employee began in August 2017 after she attended a work function in Los Angeles and admitted to ‘social drinking’ with colleagues, the New York Post reported.
But an employee reported her behavior to human resources once she returned to the office in New York City and reportedly said she was ‘intoxicated’ and ‘acting inappropriately’.
In the lawsuit, Davis claims she has ‘no such recollection’ of this behavior during the work function.
When Davis was confronted by HR, she ‘ reluctantly agreed that she may have a problem with alcohol, even though that is not what Davis reasonably believed,’ according to the lawsuit.
In an attempt to dispel the reputation that she had a drinking problem, Davis began ‘dressing overly professional’ and ‘executing business transactions’ in a ‘timely manner’.
The issues began in August 2017 after Davis attended a work function with colleagues in Los Angeles. One employee reported her behavior to HR claiming she was ‘intoxicated
But her employers allegedly jumped at every misstep, the suit claims.
In October, Rue La La’s director of HR allegedly told Davis that she noticed ‘red flags’ in regards to her behavior that signalled she had a drinking problem.
She sited one incident where Davis sent an email from her phone that had grammatical errors and another when she tripped while walking into the office building.
The director told Davis she was required to enter a mandated 60-day treatment program for her alleged drinking problem.
Davis told her bosses that she felt they were ‘shoving rehab down my throat’ and refused.
She is suing Rue La La for $5million for its alleged ‘discriminatory and outrageous conduct’ after she was fired in December.
Dailymail.com contacted Rue La La for a comment about the lawsuit.