Biogen Tells 1st Circ. Firing Was Unrelated To Mental Health

Law360, Boston (September 11, 2019, 3:40 PM EDT) -- A former Biogen scientist's firing was unrelated to a mental breakdown he suffered and simply the result of a major round of layoffs, an attorney for the company told a First Circuit panel at oral arguments Wednesday as it sought to affirm a lower court win in a disability bias suit.

Jonathan Shank of Jackson Lewis PC, representing Biogen Inc., stressed that the company executive who decided Dr. Mark Brader should be terminated — Dr. Alphonse Galdes, a vice president in the pharmaceutical operations and technology division — did so without consulting Brader's direct supervisors and without factoring in Brader's mental...

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