What California Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Mental Disabilities


Elizabeth J. Boca, Associate in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s San Francisco office, authored an article in HR.BLR.com, titled “What California Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Mental Disabilities.” Ms. Boca’s article originally appeared in the California Employment Law newsletter.

Following is an excerpt:

Your legal obligations for accommodating mental disabilities are similar to those for accommodating physical disabilities. However, unlike a broken leg or pregnancy, mental disabilities often aren't readily observable. Employees often are sensitive about mental disabilities, and accommodating them can be particularly challenging for employers.

Those challenges may be why claims for mental disability discrimination are on the rise. Indeed, according to statistics released by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), employees are filing more claims with the agency for mental disability discrimination than for any other disability.