That's What She Said

Grief Counseling Revisited

Litigation Value: $3,000 – $ 5,000 (the amount that Dunder Mifflin will have to pay an attorney to write a brief supporting its motion to dismiss the case).

The lesson from this episode is that, try as we might, there are some bad things that happen for which you can’t sue your employer. Or anyone else for that matter. Of course, this is not to say that people haven’t tried. A Pennsylvania man sued God (as well as all members of the 100th – 105th Congress, the President, every major news network, including NBC, and Janet Reno) in a lawsuit alleging that his constitutional rights were terminated when he got fired. Not surprisingly, that case was dismissed. Quickly. In another case, a man sued Satan for causing him misery and placing deliberate obstacles in his path to cause the man’s downfall — in Federal Court. I’m not kidding. The court dismissed the case because the plaintiff could not figure out a way to serve Satan with a copy of the complaint. With tongue in cheek, the court even pondered whether the case should be a class action.

While it wouldn’t be unheard of for a grieving employee such as Michael to sue his employer for the distress caused by losing his former boss, the claim would likely be dismissed pretty soon after it was filed. Maybe not as fast as it would be if Michael sued God, but pretty fast nonetheless. And if Michael is actually able to find God to serve him with a lawsuit, I’d say we have much bigger issues to deal with.