I live in California and work for a very large well known company. As my alias implies, I feel like I am in the middle of a nightmare!
I was diagnosed with ADD/Bipolar about 8 years ago and have been actively in treatment ever since. I also have a high IQ and am a high performer, which is why most managers accommodate whatever I have needed, unofficially.
I'll spare you the details, but let's just say that last year, I got a new manager who is a control freak and he refused to acknowledge my limitations. It was like he wanted me to become a "yes, sir" person and he was going to beat me down until I did. Unfortunately, as he was doing this, he was exacerbating all of my ADD/Bipolar symptoms in the worst way and I pleaded with both him and HR to stop. My doctor provided a multitude of job accommodations aimed at preventing him from causing adverse reactions, thus impacting my performance.
I finally went on leave because I was ready to break. My boss gave me a review of "unsatisfactory". In 20 years, I have always had B+ reviews (exceptional in most areas). He gave me an F. What's wild is that in May, he (his boss, really) gave me a large bonus for my performance in turning the org around. His F came in August (shortly after I refused to move to a project manager job, BTW, because I would die that slow, miserable death).
My doctor has now requested reassignment to a different job. I am highly qualified in many areas, but my employer refuses saying that they don't do that just because someone doesn't like their boss. I have been off work for 7 months now and hate it. I do not want to give up my unvested stock options (A LOT) and all that I have built up at my current company. I also love the company I work for.
My lawyer isn't doing anything. She's just working to get me a job, but my employer wants me gone. They don't want to deal with me. I also filed a gender bias claim against him, which is the point where HR turned their backs on me. My employer told me my only option was to come back and work for my boss (he'll fire me) or take 30 days to find another job (never happen with an unsatisfactory review). They have now posted for my position, so basically when my disability leave is over, I will be terminated.
The EEOC doesn't seem supportive of mental illness. My lawyer seems to have blown it with the DFEH by filing a right to sue letter. My boss was difficult and insensitive to my mental disability, which is why I am asking for reassignment. Does anyone know if there are any cases justifying this as a reasonable accommodation (when the manager is clearly non-supportive)? My employer has cited many cases where the person just didn't like their supervisor, among other irrelevant reasons. Any advice as to whether I should go directly to the EEOC? Will that hurt my chances for a lawsuit later?