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It certainly is not an unreasonable position to take, but the problem here is that short term disability is not controlled by state or federal law, in that way. By that, I mean that short term disability isn't a statutorily created right. It is an insurance policy, and just like other forms of insurance, the terms of that contract differ from company to company and employer to employer.
How your company insurance policy defines short term disability or work related condition will depend entirely on the written features of that policy. I think that you'd have two reasonable avenues to approach. First, you can file a worker's compensation claim based on workplace stress that has caused you a medical condition (or worsened one). That is not unreasonable, though they tend to be more stingy than short term disability programs. You want this filed first though, to get the ball rolling. Then file your short term claim. It is not a bad bet that their program would cover this. It just really depends on the level of coverage for their program.
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