If *your* wife had at most 2 months to live, seriously, would YOU be working? (okay, husband whatever)
He obviously felt he really needed the work, especially the benefits. Why would he risk his chances of getting the job by complaining about extra off-hours work during the interview process? Why would he share any of this with the writer of the article when it doesn't fit with his agenda? (brand new lawsuit pending)
the woman didn’t entertain temporary alternative arrangements, such as working from home if needed. She simply insisted he needed to be available at the office 24/7.
Typically even a soul-sucking HR drone isn't going to "insist on 24/7 availability" if it's not in the job requirements. These people follow a script, and if it wasn't in the script she wouldn't have been asking for it.