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ADA: ‘Toxic’ work site (plus toxic boss) doesn’t necessarily create disability

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It happens. Some working relationships between bosses and their direct reports are so toxic that employees suffer psychological problems.

Sometimes the tension is so bad that employees believe they’re disabled and therefore entitled to transfer to another job under another supervisor. That isn’t the case. Although a psychological problem may be real enough, unless it affects some other area of life besides work, chances are the employee won’t be classified as disabled.

Recent case: Beka Preston was a sixth-grade social studies teacher who developed fibromyalgia shortly after beginning work in a new school building.

When she returned from summer break the following year, her classroom was infested with mold.

Apparently sometime over the summer, the air conditioning system had leaked water, and mold had flourished in the hot Texas weather.

Preston claimed she was traumatized by the mold discovery. She said her fibromyalgia mus...(register to read more)

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