Sutter Med Case Study

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In Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found. the question of whether or not an employee’s inability to work with a specific supervisor qualified as a “disability” was put to the test in court. Michaelin Higgins-Wiggins was a clinical assistant in Sutter’s Shared Services Department. She reported to her physician that she was experiencing stress as a result of her involvement with both her direct supervisor and the human resources department on the job. Her doctor diagnosed her as having adjustment disorder with anxiety. Her employer, Sutter, granted her a leave of absence due to stress for just over 30 days. When Higgins-Williams returned to work after her leave of absence was over, she received a negative performance review and experienced

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