Is mental illness a protected disability?

Is mental illness a protected disability?

The main law is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It mostly protects people from discrimination at work and in public places and programs. Under the ADA, you are protected if: Your mental health condition (if left untreated) interferes with your ability to get things done at home or at work.

How to deal with employees with mental disability?

Respond appropriately. If an employee does make a request for accommodation based on mental disability, accept that request in good faith – and avoid stigma, stereotypes and assumptions about mental health. Train managers & supervisors to be alert to signs of mental illness.

Is it legal for an employer to treat an employee with mental illness?

The law doesn’t expect the employer to diagnose or treat an employee’s mental illness. And doing so could be dangerous for the employer and the employee. Mental illness and the disabilities they can cause can be complex and difficult to diagnose and treat – even for physicians and mental health practitioners.

Do you have to make accommodations for employees with psychiatric disabilities?

It is likely that most employers have at least one employee with a psychiatric disability. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws, most employers must provide “reasonable accommodations” to qualified employees with disabilities.

Are there any questions for employers about psychiatric disabilities?

People with psychiatric disabilities and employers also have posed numerous questions to the EEOC about this topic.

Can a employer discriminate against an employee because of a mental illness?

For example, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against qualified applicants and employees because of a physical or mental disability.

Can a company discriminate against an employee with a disability?

A: There are several federal and state laws that may protect workers with disabilities. For example, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against qualified applicants and employees because of a physical or mental disability.

Can a person with mental illness qualify for disability?

Individuals with emotional or mental illness may qualify as disabled under the ADA if they meet one of these three criteria. Several states have enacted similar laws, some of which define disability more broadly and/or apply to employers with fewer than 15 employees.

It is likely that most employers have at least one employee with a psychiatric disability. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws, most employers must provide “reasonable accommodations” to qualified employees with disabilities.