Our expert says:
This is obviously primarily a question of labour law, and you should consult an experienced labour lawyer, and maybe the CCMA and Dept of Labour for advice on the very relevant legal aspects of this situation.
But no, nobody should be fired for having a panic attack, or an epileptic fit, or any other crisis related to a recognized medical condition they have ; especially not something which should respond really well to proper treatment ) again, see a psychiatrist for full assessment, but medication and CBT is likely to solve the problem ). Best not have something so important treated only by a GP.
And as you are describing also a question in which unreasonable demands were placed on you, and help you reasonably asked for was not provided and the problem ignored, the company should be considered significantly responsible for the attack occurring. SoI can't see how you could lose your job over this.
See the appropiate specialist, get into good treatment, and have the specialist write a letter to your employer clarifying that this was a recognized illness and related to excessive work strain, and should not be seen as indicating that you are not well able to handle the normal pressures of work in your current position or any promotion.
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