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Protection For Depressed Employees 3 years 2 months ago #17215

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As you may know, I am currently a teacher in a private educational institution. I was fulfilled and happy with my current job but something happened that made me decide that it will be best for me to resign, specifically the fact that I am relapsing into depression. I already had depression six years ago and I thought I have seen the last of it, until I slipped back, am slipping back actually. I look happy and act happy but inside my head are demons that I feel no one can see nor understand but me. There is however a clause in my contract stating that I have to pay six months worth of salary (to the tune of 120,000 pesos) and the suspension or outright revocation of my teaching license. I neither have the money nor the desire to lose my license since it is the best way for future employment prospects. It is practically impossible for me to prove that I am relapsing into depression, as it is no cancer that can be tested. Robin Williams looked happy and made everyone believe he was happy even as he was dying of sadness. Even psychological exams are often found superfluous. Is there any way for me to be free from the contract and keep my license intact? Does the law recognize the need of depressed employees? Is it even legal to bind teachers into such expensive agreements? I would not want to quit had I been in perfect mental state, but I am afraid I must save myself now. I will greatly appreciate your response and more power to everyone. I have to quit and be free from this contract, go back to our province with my mom and find myself again. Thanks and more power.
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