An increasing number of employees are lodging complaints of disability discrimination against employers who demand their return to the office. Specifically, allegations of bias against individuals with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression have surged by a minimum of 16% for each condition from 2021 to 2022. Notably, these filings with state civil rights agencies now surpass those related to retaliation and race discrimination.
While it is true that mental health issues saw an uptick during the pandemic, it poses a challenge for companies to argue against work-from-home requests when such arrangements were previously mandated, as pointed out by a former Amazon manager.
If you are an employer that received such a request, there are specific steps you are obligated to take under the ADA and other state statutes or if you are an employee who needs to request reasonable accommodations, the attorneys at Outside Legal Counsel LLP can help. Reach out to us for a consultation.
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