Discrimination for a disability

I worked for a very large company. I was diagnosed with depression and told me employer. They sent me home to get rest, but IMMEDIATLEY upon my return they brought up performance problems and fabricated some issues as well. I was treated completely differntly by those in my line of command after the depression diagnosis. In trying to get the truth restored, I was treated so badly that I eventually resigned. They brought me back with promises of correcting the injustices, but then refused to follow through, so I walked out again. Bringing me back was just a way to get me back in there to cover up their transgressions. Do I have grounds for a discrimination suit?

1 answer  |  asked May 23, 2005 3:24 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

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Anthony Cameron
Depression as a Disability/Resignation Makes Case Tougher

Your question is a little short on facts but I can tell you that Depression is a cognizable disability.

The fact that you resigned makes your case much harder. In effect you have to prove no reasonable person could have tolerated your treatment and that it was tantamount to a termination.

You can make an IDHR or EEOC complaint yourself. Perhaps your best bet here is to see if there's a mental health advocacy or disability-advocacy group in your area. Some of those folks are good at talking a claimant through the complaint process. They might be able to help you locate a lawyer experienced with mental health discrim. claims.

Anthony B. Cameron
Quincy

posted by Anthony Cameron  |  Jun 1, 2005 10:50 AM [EST]

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