Frequently Asked Questions

My boss is treating me unfairly because of my mental illness. What are my rights?

People living with mental health conditions are protected from discrimination and bias in the workplace by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This makes it unlawful to refuse to hire a qualified applicant, terminate an employee based on their disability or refuse to make a reasonable accommodation that would make it possible for this person to perform essential job functions. The Department of Justice has a toll-free ADA Information Line, 800-514-0301, where you can learn more about your rights.

If you think you’ve experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of your mental health condition, promptly file a complaint. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has information on the ADA and how to file complaints against employers.

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