In 2009, the
ADA Amendments Act took effect. One of the objectives of the ADAAA was both to cover more
people and to give those people with disabilities greater protection from
discrimination at work.
One of the groups still experiencing very low employment rates are those
people with mental disabilities. The new amendments provide greater coverage
for people with “psychiatric and mental disabilities.” At a recentADAAA EEOC hearing, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum noted that it is important to continued
knocking down barriers to employment – increasing evidence shows
that people with mental disability “can perform well” in the
As stated by the executive director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, “[V]irtually
everybody with a disability can work.” The biggest obstacle to employment
of persons with mental disabilities remains the “consciously and
unconsciously held beliefs” of employers about persons with such
disabilities. Sometimes an accommodation “simple as a flexible work
schedule” is all it takes to employ a qualified worker with disabilities.
The ADAAA protects qualified workers with disabilities from discrimination.
This includes discrimination bases on stereotypes and unfounded concerns,
as well as employer perceptions of a disability. As
Atlanta employment lawyers dedicated to eliminating employment discrimination, we are hopeful that
with the enactment of the ADAAA, discrimination against all people with
disabilities, including mental and psychiatric, will lessen.
For more information or if you believe you or a loved one has been discriminated
at work or suffered a negative employment action – such as not being
hired or promoted – as the result of a mental or physical disability,
please contact the experienced
Georgia disability discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC.