Harassing Behavior Caused by Mental Illness Should Not be Tolerated

A lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act by a man who was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a form of  autism, was dismissed by the federal 2nd Circuit Court in New York City.  He had sued a nursing care facility where he was a volunteer.  The facility barred him from volunteering there because he was following women in the hallways and making inappropriate comments to them.  He claimed in his lawsuit that his behavior was related to his disability, but the court said that even if it was, the nursing care facility could let him go.  His request for the facility to accommodate his malady was basically a request that the facility be more tolerant of his harassing behavior.  The court rejected this argument, and said that an institution does not need to put up with his conduct.