Mental Illness Discrimination Claims After the New ADA Amendments
Strategies for Avoiding and Defending Americans With Disabilities Act Claims
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This seminar will outline an employer’s legal obligations when an employee requests an accommodation due to a mental disorder and offer strategies to defend against mental illness discrimination claims.
- Responding to request for mental illness disability
- Confirm existence of disability
- “Qualifying disability”
- “Substantially limits major life activity”
- Determine whether employee is able to perform essential functions of job despite disability
- Conduct issues
- Employer obligation to provide “reasonable accommodation”
- Employee must initiate request for accommodation
- Interactive process between employer and employee
- Effective and reasonable accommodation
- Strategies for pursuing and defending against mental illness discrimination claims
- Undue hardship
- Good faith efforts to accommodate
- Effective use of experts
- Discovery issues
- Other strategies
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- How should an employer respond to an employee's request for accommodation based on a mental condition?
- What are the employers' responsibilities for providing "reasonable accommodations" to an employee claiming a mental disorder?
- What are the best practices for employers to defend against discrimination claims?
Carol R. Miaskoff
Assistant Legal Counsel, Coordination
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
She was the primary drafter of the Commission’s guidance on the ADA and psychiatric disabilities. She is... | Read More
She was the primary drafter of the Commission’s guidance on the ADA and psychiatric disabilities. She is co-author of "Coverage of Psychiatric Disorders Under the Americans With Disabilities Act."Close
Stephen P. Sonnenberg
He has counseled and defended employers in a variety of discrimination matters. He is a former psychotherapist and has... | Read More
He has counseled and defended employers in a variety of discrimination matters. He is a former psychotherapist and has particular expertise in mental disabilities under the ADA.Close
Jonathan R. Mook
He is a nationally recognized authority on the ADA and author of two treatises on the topic. He lectures nationally on... | Read More
He is a nationally recognized authority on the ADA and author of two treatises on the topic. He lectures nationally on the ADA and other employment law topics.Close
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