Career Calling

March 28, 2015

Mental Illness and Workers’ Rights

 

In the wake of the German airline disaster, Bloomberg reports on an employer’s right to assess their employees’ mental health. As the article notes, this situation is very sticky. Employees fear they will not be hired or get promotions if any employer discovers that they suffer from depression or a related illness. On the other hand, as the case in Germany shows so well, employers can claim that they need to know to protect their customers and their business. This is a situation without an easy or good answer. We need to protect employees’ rights while protecting people they serve.

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