What are the laws around Mental Health at work?

In the US, there are several laws that protect the rights of employees with mental health conditions in the workplace. Here are some of the most important laws related to mental health at work:

  1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including mental health conditions, in all areas of public life, including the workplace. This means that employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with mental health conditions, such as flexible work arrangements, time off for treatment, or modified job duties.
  2. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for medical reasons, including mental health conditions. Employees who take FMLA leave are entitled to job protection and continuation of health benefits.
  3. Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): OSHA requires employers to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, including protection against psychological hazards such as workplace violence, harassment, and bullying.
  4. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on several factors, including mental health conditions. Employees who experience discrimination on the basis of their mental health condition can file a complaint with the EEOC.
  5. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA): The MHPAEA requires health insurance plans to provide equal coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment as they do for physical health conditions.

These laws aim to protect the rights of employees with mental health conditions in the workplace and ensure that they are not subject to discrimination or harassment. If you believe that your employer has violated any of these laws, you can contact a local employment law attorney or the appropriate government agency to file a complaint.