Texas Case on Chronic Depression and the A.D.A.–Texas Employment Law

Chronic depression alone doesn’t necessarily mean an employee is disabled within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Granting summary judgment for the Defendant Employer, the court found that the employee failed to establish that she was “disabled” within the meaning of the ADA. The definition of “disability” under the ADA requires (1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; (2) a record of such impairment or, (3) being regarded as having such an impairment.

Bethel v. Garland, City of, Northern District of Texas No. 3-96-CV-1103-BD, September 11, 1997.


Williams, McClure & Parmelee is dedicated to high quality legal representation of businesses and insurance companies in a variety of matters. We are experienced Texas civil litigation attorneys based in Fort Worth who know Texas courts and Texas law. For more information, please contact the law firm at 817-335-8800. The firm’s new office location is 5601 Bridge Street, Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76112.

Martindale AVtexas[2]