If I was recently diagnosed with major depression, am I covered under the American with Disabilities Act?

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If I was recently diagnosed with major depression, am I covered under the American with Disabilities Act?

Now my employer is asking me to seek new employment and has already replaced me without firing me for not being “bubbly” enough.

Asked on December 1, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Depression *can* be a covered condition under the ADA: if it is medically diagnosed, is long-term, and significantly affects life activities, it could qualify as a disability for this purpose. It is the severity and duration whcih determines if it is covered under the ADA. d on what you write, it would be worthwhile for you to contact the federal EEOC or your state equal/civil rights agency to discuss filing a complaint for disability-based employment discrimination: you may be entitled to compensation.


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