Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Firing of Man with Depression, Anxiety and Hypertension

The man worked as a Lab Systems Manager for the medical supply giant and maintained satisfactory job performance, according to the complaint.

He was fired after taking a six month leave of absence and making subsequent requests for accommodations.

Timothy Lange began working for Johnson & Johnson in the spring of 2011, and was diagnosed with hypertension in 2012, and anxiety and depression in 2015. According to the complaint, these medical issues substantially impaired his ability to concentrated, sleep and work.

Lange requested short term disability leave to deal with these issues, but says he was immediately condemned by his supervisor for said request. Regardless, he was granted a leave of six months.

According to the complaint, when he was medically cleared to return to work with the assistance of reasonable accommodations, his manager told him he would only agree to said accommodations for a temporary period of time.

Two months later, that same manager fired him, claiming at the time that the company was restructuring and that Lange’s position was being eliminated, according to the complaint. Lange believes that Johnson & Johnson did not in-fact eliminate his position, but instead replaced him with a non-disabled individual.

Lange now sues Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. on five counts, all employment discrimination and retaliation related. The suit was filed on his behalf by attorney Sidney L. Gold in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg is presiding.