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Need a lawyer for non-vehicle related - October 20, 2009, 02:00 PM

Hell All,
I am in search of a lawyer for a matter in my office building. We have moved to an open office floor plan and have strips of florescent lighting about every four feet over head.
I requested the lights to be turned off over my work area due to being a migraine sufferer and this is one of the triggers. Yes this has been documented.
http://www.healthcentral.com/migrain...-160927-5.html

I also have a written letter from my physician stating that I suffer from migraines and requesting to have the lights turned off.

Currently they are rejecting my request even with the evidence provided as well as request from my physician.

I have been having aura's and migraines and been sick every evening after getting out of the office and can't deal with this for the rest of my employment here.
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Try contacting HR and tell them about your plans to contact outside representation? That might speed things along without causing too much trouble at first.


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change jobs? folks in my office take those large pieces of paper that are normally used in meeting brainstorming sessions and tape it over the lights..

put wrapping paper over them..

just some ideas.


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October 20, 2009, 02:12 PM

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Try contacting HR and tell them about your plans to contact outside representation? That might speed things along without causing too much trouble at first.
I've contacted them as well... I went down the proper channel path before coming to this.

I also have a new boss who refuses to let his employees work from home, even though the company encourages it at this time since that is the one benefit they can provide to us so that is no longer an option.
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bring gloves and yank the bulbs...they'll get the point after it happens a couple times


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I've contacted them as well... I went down the proper channel path before coming to this.


Sadly I don't know any lawyers though.


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change jobs? folks in my office take those large pieces of paper that are normally used in meeting brainstorming sessions and tape it over the lights..

put wrapping paper over them..

just some ideas.
I wish this is our office

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Why can't you cover up the light yourself? Or take out the bulb? It's always easier to do it yourself than go through the official channels and approval.
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bring gloves and yank the bulbs...they'll get the point after it happens a couple times
all ready done it, they walk the isles and tell us to turn them back on
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October 20, 2009, 02:20 PM

Sometimes it's impossible to cut off a set of lights - they need to cut off the entire bank.
What they can do though is remove the bulb.

If you have a legit medical condition, I would again - 2x try - speak to your HR manager and notify general council at your job this time. Present the doctors note.

If that doesn't work, PM me and I'll get you the name and number for a top notch labor attorney in D.C.

But mind you, it's going to be expensive as with any "simple" labor case and there may be collateral damage to your career - so just make sure you want to go down this path because the work reprecussion may land you on the unemployment line. Suddenly your reviews come back negative, Boss doesn't like the quality of your work, etc. etc. etc.
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Get a beach umbrella and put it over your head/computer area.
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LOL@ Tanya! Good idea

I sympathize with the lights. The ones above MY cubicle hum, and unscrewing the lights didn't help. The hum is in the ballast, not the bulb. Unfortunately, the lights are new and are considered normal. My hearing is sensitive to it, though.

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all ready done it, they walk the isles and tell us to turn them back on
Do they actually come by and turn them back on themselves? Nod sweetly, insist that they'll be back on before the end of the day. Conveniently "forget" to turn them back on each day... Wash, rinse, repeat.

Otherwise, wear sunglasses. It might help a little.


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October 20, 2009, 04:03 PM

I have the same problem I used to wear light sunglasses indoors in college it helped sometimes depending on how many ballasts were around; it probably wouldn't help you much. But I know that the migraines that they trigger make you useless to do anything after 4-5pm by then driving home is a chore.

So four options
1) do any of the above
2) hire strippers to block the lamps that will get HR's attention possibly beer to depending on work environment let them know it helps you cope with the issue.
3) keep a BB gun on you to pop the tubes
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October 20, 2009, 09:27 PM

Creyzeiz -
Have you asked if they could possibly move your work station? Perhaps to an area of the department where the light isn't as intense? We did that once for a co-worker who suffered. They simply moved down to the end of the light row.

Sunglasses may help - sometimes they do not.
What some people are sensitive to is actually not the lumens (intensity) of the light from a florescent, but rather the refresh rate.

Florescents flicker on/off many times a second that's why they are so power efficient. They're "ON" just as much as they're "OFF." But to some people, although imperceptible, it's the kind of hertz that triggers off their migraine.
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