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Hello and welcome. If the panic attack was not caused by an underlying disability, then an employee would have no protection from adverse employment action other than those protections afforded to them through their union contract. If the panic attack was caused by an underlying disability, the employee still would not be immune from termination as having a disability does not excuse an employee from conforming to behavioral standards of their employer. However, of the employee can argue that less harsh discipline would have been imposed against a similarly situated nondisabled employee they may have recourse under the Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits employer's from discriminatin against disabled employees. This can be difficult to show if there is not a history of similar incidents at the place of employment and proof that those similar incidents were handled differently. Still, this would be he only avenue of legal recourse outside of the rights provided through the union contract. I hope this answers your question. If I can clarify anything just let me know.
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