GENERALIZED ANXIETY AS A DISABILITY
Anxiety attacks are not only real, but they are a recognize disability protected by the EEOC under the disability statutes. When an employee was denied the right to bring a service dog to work that helped her deal with her attacks, she filed a charge with EEOC, which took the employer to court and won $53,000 in damages for the employee. EEOC took the position that the dog alerted the employee to oncoming panic attacks, helped alleviate symptoms during a panic attack, and could also do other tasks, such as retrieve small objects, retrieve her medical bag and guide her to an exit. This is another good example of how powerful that law can be.