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South Jersey woman sues over anxiety driving: What’s your driving phobia? [Poll]

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We all labor under mountains of stress every day.

Having to meet deadlines, traveling to and from work – it’s all anxiety provoking.
But what if that anxiety causes you to not be able to perform? Could you not say it’s considered a disability?

That’s the curious case of one South Jersey woman who’s claiming that driving to and from work during rush hour brings on crippling anxiety. Her doctor has since declared her “disabled.”

So in order to try and reach an accommodation with her boss, she requested that she arrive later than most to avoid rush hour traffic; and leave early – again to avoid the homeward bound rush.
Her boss accommodated her, but in doing so changed the nature of her job after which she was fired due to what she claims to be “workplace bias.”

You be the judge – does she have a case here?

Here’s the thing – I know folks who’ve suffered anxiety and depression. Their superiors had accommodated them to the best of their ability; but in doing so, those same folks also sought whatever help they needed to overcome their conditions.

Their superiors worked with them – but they themselves sought the help they needed instead of becoming victims of their maladies.

Was this woman accommodated? Sounds to me like she was. Even though the nature of her original position required that she be there at a certain hour.

They gave her the option of coming in late and leaving early – and in accommodating her needed to change the nature of her job description.

Sounds like she wanted it both ways.

Does this woman have a valid lawsuit?

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