Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller
Attorney with Depression Granted Workplace Accommodations
“You Saved My Career”
Sally was 34 years old and was employed as a highly talented junior associate at a prominent law firm. Her field was highly specialized, and she prided herself in a strong work ethic. Then her father died after a long illness, her husband began drinking and cheating on her, and her boss began piling on more and more billable work. He would shout at her to work faster at times. Sally developed a severe depression and was unable to work at all, withdrew from family and friends, and began drinking alcohol to excess. Through psychological assessment she was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder with severe cognitive impairment, and generalized anxiety disorder. It was determined that her mental impairment substantially limited several of her major life activities and we filed a request with her firm’s HR department for reasonable workplace accommodations. Sally was granted a limited work schedule, which was gradually increased to full time over the following 6 months as she recovered. Eventually Sally developed enough emotional strength to leave that firm and became employed at a new law firm with a far better culture.
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