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Should Employees Disclose Their Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace?
Existing legal provisions are insufficient to guarantee workers will be looked after if they disclose their mental health conditions.
Even where it is illegal, discrimination still occurs because the enforcement mechanisms are not used or do not provide adequate protection.
Unscrupulous employers may cite reasons for dismissal without referencing mental health, if it is public knowledge that an employee has mental health issues.
Malicious employers could
lie to the employee
, telling him or her they can accommodate the condition when they actually intend to fire them. Employers terminate or force out the employee without it seeming like the mental illness was the reason.
In most developed countries, legal provisions for employees with mental disabilities are largely sufficient in granting employee access to rights after disclosure.