Anxiety can be a Disability under the ADA

 

A Tampa Florida federal court allowed a disabilities discrimination Plaintiff to pursue her claim against her employer. In Doers v. Lincare (Case no. 8:14-CV-3168 M.D. Fla.) an employee informed her supervisor that she had anxiety and that she needed a companion dog when traveling. Soon after the Plaintiff informed her supervisor of her disability, the supervisor began writing up the employee, put the employee on a performance plan and fired the employee. Before learning of the employee’s disabilities, the supervisor had given the employee a positive evaluation. The court found that it was for a jury to decide whether or not the Plaintiff was fired because of her disability. The case settled the week prior to the scheduled jury trial. (Plaintiff was represented by James Moten Thompson and Kathryn Comly Hopkinson of Thompson Legal Center, LLC.)