EEOC Guidance on Employees with Mental Health Conditions


In fiscal year 2016, the EEOC resolved nearly 5,000 charges of discrimination based upon mental health conditions and obtained approximately $20 million for individuals with mental health conditions who alleged that they were unlawfully denied employment and reasonable accommodations. As EEOC Chair, Jenny R. Yang, recently stated, “many people with common mental health conditions have important protections under the ADA. Employers, job applicants, and employees should know that mental health conditions are no different than physical health conditions under the law. To assist employees in understanding the rights of individuals with mental health conditions under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC has issued two resource documents on the subject.