You’ve disclosed your psychiatric or mental health condition, made formal requests for accommodation, tried to negotiate with your supervisor, and discussed your needs and problems with your human resources representative or Employee Assistance Program personnel. But if you feel that you are still facing unfair treatment at the workplace, you should get familiar with your rights as a worker with a disability.
If the employer has 15 or more employees, he or she is covered under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To understand more about your rights contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If the EEOC determines you have been discriminated against, it will send you a “right to sue” letter allowing you to file a lawsuit in federal court. To find the nearest EEOC office, look in the U.S. Government section of the telephone directory, or call (800) 669-4000 (voice) or (800) 669-6820 (TDD).
If you have been excluded or segregated because of your disability, or denied a reasonable accommodation, such situations may be covered under Title III of the ADA. To learn more about your rights under Title III of the ADA, contact the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, call the Civil Rights Division at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TDD).
NOTE: The information contained in these pages is for educational purposes only, and is not legal advice. Individuals should contact the appropriate legal resources for specific legal advice regarding their particular situations.