When you have a diagnosable mental health condition like nearly 26% of adults do, it’s vital to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Unfortunately, the concern about your employment often increases the effects associated with your mental health. Understanding your rights can result in peace of mind, especially if you fear being fired because of your condition.
Putting Your Mind At Ease
Simply put, your employer cannot fire you for your mental health condition. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission oversees such actions, and it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you for a diagnosable mental health condition. However, there are a few things that you should know should such a situation arise:
- Your employer is unable to fire you for asking for a reasonable accommodation.
- You have the right to request a new job responsibility if you’re unable to do your job even with reasonable accommodations.
- Your employer cannot ask you to reimburse the company for the costs associated with your reasonable accommodation.
- Your employer cannot refuse to promote or hire you because of your mental health condition.
Protecting Your Rights
If your employer lets you go because of your mental health condition, know that you have legal rights to hold your employer accountable. It helps to ensure you have the right legal counsel on your side through the process. The right attorney can help you during a difficult situation because it matters most to you.
At Barkhordarian Law Firm, we know your rights. We work to protect them because we care about your ability to feel at ease in the workplace. Your mental health is important to us. If an employer threatens to fire or harasses you because of your condition, know that our Los Angeles employment law attorneys will stand by your side. We’ll stand by your side to help you pursue justice.