Facebook photos costs woman her health benefits

A Canadian woman says her sick-leave payments were cut off because of photos posted on her Facebook page depicting her having a good time at certain events, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The woman was on leave from her job because of a diagnosis of major depression. When the payments stopped coming in, her insurance company explained that the benefits were stopped because the photos were evidence that she was no longer depressed.

According to the article, the woman didn’t deny the existence of the photos, but she said they were not a true indication that she had been cured. “In the moment I’m happy,” she said in the interview, “but before and after I have the same problems.” Her doctor recommended that she go on vacation.

Although the insurance company declined to comment on the case, a statement to the CBC stated, “We would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook.”

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