Job Seeker Question of the Month – May 2020

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“Can I get accommodations for my mental health condition?”


Yes, you can.

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Since any diagnosis of a mental health condition requires that the state of health cause significant disruption to a person’s life, it qualifies as a disability under the ADA. The ADA also provides protections for anyone who could be perceived as disabled, even if they aren’t.

As always, when requesting an accommodation, you only have to tell the employer what you need. The employer is allowed to negotiate with you regarding your accommodation and is allowed to request proof of need, but that proof does not have to include a complete diagnosis.

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