An optician with an anxiety disorder was fired from her job after her request to bring her service dog to work was denied. The dog alerted her to oncoming panic attacks, and could also do other tasks, such as retrieve small objects, retrieve her medical bag and guide her to an exit.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed a lawsuit on the optician’s behalf, won a $53,000 settlement. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects employees against such alleged conduct.