by Owen H. Laird
This Summer, The Harman Firm Blog is running a series of articles on mental health in the American workplace. Millions of Americans suffer from a wide range of mental health issues, be they diagnosed or undiagnosed, treated or untreated, living with the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of understanding about these disorders. The variety and severity of these conditions runs the gamut from relatively minor issues to disabilities so severe they are completely debilitating. But they are too often overlooked. With that in mind, we will undertake a comprehensive analysis of how mental health issues – both arising out of the context of employment discrimination and those arising independently – affect workers, employers, lawyers, legislators, and the courts.
People with mental health issues make up an important segment of the workforce: they work in every sector of the economy and at every level – from the mail room to the boardroom.