I have been suffering from severe anxiety, depression and daily crying spells, which is significantly interfering with my life and work, to the point that I am barely functioning at the moment. I am considering applying for short-term disability until I get tested and rule out any possible physical causes, as well as get more treatment for anxiety/depression/panic. I have started with the treatment, but feel I need to be off work for some time to fully recover. What are my rights? How do I make sure my job is protected until I get better? I work for the Government.
Go to the doctor and get a note that indicates you need time off. Present the note to your employer. The employer has a duty to provide you with unpaid time off to address your medical need as long as it does not create an undue hardship on it. If you qualify for FMLA, you are entitled to at least 12 weeks of leave to address a serious medical condition with job reinstatement rights. If you need more, the ADA and/or FEHA may give you far more time under certain circumstances.
Good luck and I hope you find a solution to your problem.
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