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Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and discrimination

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Discrimination

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are mental health conditions that can have profound effects on an individual’s well-being. When these conditions cause one to experience unlawful workplace discrimination, the consequences can be devastating.

It is important for employers and employees to understand how these issues intersect and how they can impact people in the workplace.

Mental health

Depression is a common mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness and loss of interest in activities. Post-traumatic stress disorder, on the other hand, is a condition that can develop after a person has experienced a traumatic event. It can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. Some people may experience difficulty concentrating, making decisions and interacting with coworkers.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal to discriminate against workers due to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Discrimination can exacerbate feelings of isolation and distress. It can further worsen the employee’s mental health.

Addressing mistreatment

It is essential for employers to create a supportive and inclusive work environment. Companies need to prioritize mental health. They must prohibit discrimination of any form. Employees who believe they are experiencing unlawful workplace discrimination based on their mental health condition should document instances of discrimination. They should focus on self-care and talk about their needs to human resources or their employer.

By fostering a culture of understanding and empathy, employers can create an environment for employees to thrive. Together, employers and workers can promote mental health awareness and combat discrimination in the workplace.