Millions of Americans suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder or generalized anxiety disorder – just to name a few examples. However, research has shown time and time again that employers discriminate against workers and jobseekers with mental illnesses. As a result, Americans with mental illnesses make up the large percentage of those … Continue reading
Disabilities can be physical or mental. Workers deserve to be treated fairly, regardless of suffering from a physical or mental disability.
Until the 1990s, employees with disabilities lacked workplace protections against discrimination. Recent changes in the law obligate employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities who can still perform their jobs. These accommodations can include changes to work duties. In this video, Los Angeles employment law lawyer Douglas Silverstein explains disability discrimination in the … Continue reading
Officials with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim instances of disability discrimination complaints have skyrocketed. According to the EEOC, there were 28,073 complaints of discrimination against workers with disabilities in 2016. Prior reports released by the EEOC suggest many of these complaints involved discrimination directed at workers with mental illnesses. The EEOC recently published … Continue reading
California recently enacted a law that may help protect workers with severe disabilities employed by rehabilitation centers or sheltered workshops. Assembly Bill 488 (AB 488) will extend workplace protections in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to these disabled workers. The workshops, rehabilitation centers and day programs mentioned in the bill have special … Continue reading
Dollar General has lost a lawsuit filed by a former cashier who was fired after taking a $1.69 bottle of orange juice to stave off a hypoglycemic attack. The story behind this lifesaving bottle of orange juice and Dollar General’s workplace policies have raised important questions about what rights workers with disabilities have during medical … Continue reading