ilenedan2 has a poorly written post, just like the article, both need to go back to school to be educated. First of all depression is very serious and can make the heavy boxes 10 to 100 times heavier, there is a court case here with a lot of money involved as UPS, like Waste Management and other companies are " the use them and lose them companies", they take advantage of American workers so their CEO's and VP's can get their huge pay raises, and not pay their fair share of taxes. Those people are the ones that do nothing and have others do their work for them, they should be shown the door. Some people have good jobs at these companies and defend the company all the way. I know a driver for UPS that has been out of work for the past 2 years, he fell of an icy dock and landed down on the back of his own UPS box truck, he just had another operation and his wife is now unemployed. UPS wants him back to work, and we both know that they will give him a job that he will fail at and try to pink slip him. They can always get a new driver, these companies don't care at all about their workers (only a fool would believe that), it's all about the money. I worked for WM for a couple years and one year they killed 80+ people, in the 3 countries that they work in, if I remember right 16 were their own mechanics, was a few years back and the numbers could be a little off, but these people are still DEAD. I'd tell you the real story about the retired school teacher that got run over in Reading, Mass. but they would not print this post. Yes she is dead and then some.
This article doesn't explain anything. How exactly did her depression prevent her from lifting heavy boxes? How would lifting lighter boxes, or being on lighter duty somehow help her depression? If she was requesting fewer hours because she needed clinical help during those hours and that help wasn't available at night, I could see it. Or if she was on medication that made it dengerous for her to operate certain machinery, then I could see her needing some accomodations, but it is hard to see any connection between this story and the medical needs of someone with schizophrenia and unclear why the author makes that leap. It also is irrelevant that certain genes are linked to mental diseases. DNA is linked to all kinds of things, but having a gene that predisposes you for diabetes, for example, does not mean you will get diabetes. Having diabetes does not mean you will be unable to work or will even require any accomodations due to diabetes. The same is true for mental illness. This is a very poorly written article that leaps from subject to subject without any rhyme or reason.