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Mental disability might lead to workplace discrimination

A recent article posted on CNN.com draws attention to the need for more mental health care awareness across the country. While many of the mental health problems that we hear about in the news after some violent events are severe cases of mental illness, there are millions of people who experience a mental health challenge each year.

According to the article one in five people experience a mental health issue that might include depression, anxiety, insomnia and other disorders. These disorders often go untreated, likely because of the inability for doctors to properly diagnose a person, or the stigma surrounding such mental health issues. Many of these issues could even lead to a workplace discrimination issue.

If a person has a mental health problem, it doesn't mean that they aren't able to continue to do their jobs. However, when an employer treats that person unfairly because of a mental health issue or disability, they might feel that they have no other option but to quit.

Quoting a job because of discrimination can have a devastating financial toll on a person and their family. They might have to reduce their expenses in order to pay their bills at the end of each month, or scale back financial goals.

No one should feel that they aren't able to continue working because of workplace harassment. Speaking with an experienced West Virginia employment law attorney might be a wise decision if someone feels they are being mistreated at work. They can evaluate the person's situation and help them take steps to correct the mistreatment.

Source:  CNN, "How to make mental health care work," Debbie F. Plotnick, Nov. 25, 2013

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