Mentally ill demanding help in the workplace

May 20, 1999
Companies that have installed ramps, extra-wide restroom stalls and automatic doors are still struggling when it comes to accommodating people with a less visible disability -- mental illness.
    Failure to accommodate workers' psychological problems has overtaken bad backs as the fastest-growing area of workplace-discrimination complaints filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    "Everybody understands in 1999 that you can't discriminate against race or sex. They still may be doing it, but they know it's wrong," said Bill Cash, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney in Memphis, Tenn. "But I don't think you have that when you're talking about someone with a mental disability."