When one works in a successful, and large, firm of Attorneys you can be sure that your work load will be heavy.  The following legal case may interest you:

Nancy Topolski must have been initially happy to survive the layoffs in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine.  However with fewer secretaries to go around, her workload increased.  This led to stress-induced panic attacks.

If you're not making a lawyer's salary, that is just not acceptable.  After one of her panic attacks, she went to Human Resources and asked for a lighter workload (National Law Journal)

Topolski informed her supervisor several times in late September and October that her increased workload was causing her stress, affecting her ability to sleep and causing her to make mistakes. 

On October 21, Topolski suffered a panic attack while at work and told a human resources representative that she needed a lighter workload, which the representative indicated would happen, according to the complaint.  However, no changes were made and Topolski suffered a second panic attack at work on November 3, the suit says.

At that point they did accommodate her - by firing her.  Now she is suing the firm for $1 million.

Topolski is suing for wrongful termination and violation of Oregon's family leave act and the state's disability and discrimination and retaliation laws.

She filed her lawsuit last month in Oregon state court, though Davis Wright is trying to get it moved to federal court.

Topolski was hired as a legal secretary at the firm's Portland office in 2007, according to the complaint and provided full time support for three attorneys.  The firm laid-off "a significant number" of employees including 11 secretaries in the early fall 2009, and Topolski then became responsible for supporting a fourth attorney - Greg Chaimov.

"Mr Chaimov had a tendency to wait until the last minute to give assignments to plaintiff, which ended up causing projects to be rushed and not completed to standards that Plaintiff desired", the suit reads.

(via http://abovethelaw.com By Kashmir Hill )

"Claiming Panic Attacks from Workload, Legal Secretary sues Firm over Firing" - [National Law Journal via ABA Journal ]