Murfreesboro, TN asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Tennessee

Q: Can my manager comment on my mental health issues?

I work at a retail store as a pharmacy technician. I have ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I take medication for all of these conditions, and for the most part, I feel they’re under control and that I do my job reasonably well. I’ve always been pretty upfront about my struggles, so they're not a secret to my coworkers. My boss has made many comments about this that have left me very uncomfortable. One major comment from a few months ago that I remember was this: “If I could change two things about you, it would be your ADHD and your anxiety.”. Recently, he pulled me aside and told me he wanted to make me a store cashier instead of a technician. He explained that he thought that my current job was too much for me to handle due to my anxiety. I got nervous and felt that in order to save my job that I needed to tell him that I’m currently undergoing a medication switch. So I told him that. My question is this: If I go to Human Resources, do I have a case? Is this worth pursuing?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm sorry for your ordeal and that your post remains open for five weeks. At this point, you could consider reaching out to Tennessee employment attorneys to discuss your matter in confidence. The format here is brief general questions, and your description seems more complex than something for a meaningful quick response. You may want to refrain from making further posts on public forums about your situation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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