I work at an office located near a forested green space. For years, we have had a few squirrels hanging around our common outdoor areas. One of our newer employees started feeding them and the squirrel population exploded. They don’t really hurt anything but they have lost some of their fear of people and often get real close as they scurry by or as they beg for treats. (The feeder is trying to get them to eat out of her hand). Now another employee has raised the ADA and says she has a “disabling phobia” of rodents, including squirrels. She says we have to eradicate the squirrels and make the other employee stop feeding them. Of course the other employee refused to stop feeding squirrels when we approached her to see if she would voluntarily quit. She said it is her right as an American to feed wildlife. (Really). We don’t want to be seen as anti-animal and we also want our employees to feel safe, but I think our phobic employee does not really care about rodents. She dislikes the feeder and I suspect she wants to make her suffer.
How would you untangle this mess?