A colleague of mine was recently hospitalized due to attempts of self harm. His marriage is collapsing, he has inlaw issues, etc. I am not going into details, but all his problems outside work have lead to him being unavailable for work currently.
The co-worker with the problem also did not achieve much in past sprints due to marital problems. It's mean to say, but he has been mostly a burden, despite being the most senior engineer on the project. He spent a ton of time just chatting with people.
Normally, our group might just continue tolerating it. Problem is, this was a do or die sprint for our project manager. He is under the gun because the product owner is under the gun because the division head learned that we can no longer update our existing software which handles millions of dollars, so if it breaks, we are screwed. We have missed several sprint goals (mostly due to this co-worker) and the PO has been openly talking about replacements for the PM.
Because we now have 1/3 of the development capacity (arguably more as he is a senior) and the other dev on the project keeps getting drawn away by other work, the high stakes of this sprint mean that the PM is just driving the junior developer nuts.
I am not really sure what I want from this. Mostly just seeking advice on law, ethics, etc. I am the business analyst on the team, so not in a managerial position. I am located in the USA.