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According to Dr. Pirl, he also received complaints from Zihala's direct supervisor and
others in the Department about her disruptive behavior and poor work performance.
Yoshimura complained to Dr. Pirl that Zihala was not following directions and was
complaining to others in the laboratory. Yoshimura also complained to Dr. Pirl that
Zihala was following another chemist around the laboratory even though she was not
assigned to that chemist and was refusing his instruction to follow the procedures of
another chemist, instead insisting on reading the procedure. Additionally, Dr. Pirl
received complaints about Zihala from Dietmar Grohlich, a supervisor in charge of the 188 blood lead testing laboratory located two [*16] floors below the food laboratory where
Zihala worked. Grohlich complained to Dr. Pirl that Zihala was bothering his workers
and disrupting their work by complaining that the Department had treated her badly and
that people had lied to her. Grolich asked Dr. Pirl to keep Zihala out of his laboratory.
Meanwhile, the workload in Dr. Pirl's section had increased by ten times because of the
work transferred from the Chicago Department of Health. Dr. Pirl considered this
workload increase to be close to an emergency situation and he found Zihala's behavior
extremely disruptive. Dr. Pirl testifies that Zihala's poor work performance and disruptive
behavior, coupled with her failure to report for work on December 20, 1993, motivated
his decision to discharge Zihala. As Dr. Pirl describes it, Zihala's failure to report to work
on December 20 "was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back." (Pirl. Dep. at
50). Dr. Pirl testifies that as part of the employment and interview process he reviewed
Zihala's personnel file with the City of Chicago but saw nothing that would indicate that
she suffered from any mental illness. Also, Zihala did not disclose in her employment
application or other [*17] employment forms that she was suffering from a disability.
Dr. Pirl did n...
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