Employer learns bipolarism is ADA-disability protected

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If you think the American with Dis­abili­­ties Act only covers workers with physical disabilities, think again.

According to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a female employee of a Maryland auto dealership disclosed her bipolar disorder to the office manager and assistant manager and shortly after was subjected to epithets such as “pill popper” and “psycho.”  While out on a medical leave of absence and under a doctor’s care, she was fired.

The dealership will pay $50,000 to settle the suit.

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