• Accommodating Anxiety, Workplace Stress and PTSD Under The ADA
  • Accommodating Anxiety, Workplace Stress and PTSD Under The ADA

    • Speaker : Bob McKenzie
    • Session Code : BEMAR1924
    • Date : 22nd March 2024
    • Time : This Event is Over and the Recorded Content is Available
    • Duration : 90 Mins



In the 2022 fiscal year, we witnessed a notable rise in disability discrimination claims to the second most reported issue to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with retaliation claims holding the top spot. This trend underlines the critical need for HR professionals and employers to stay abreast of legal standards and foster inclusive workplace practices. As the 2023 statistics begin to unfold, early indicators suggest a continuation of these trends, with an increased focus on mental health accommodations and proactive compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Significant to 2023, the EEOC has demonstrated a robust commitment to enforcing employment discrimination laws through strategic litigation. Notably, the agency filed 143 new employment discrimination lawsuits, marking a significant uptick from the previous year. Among these, a focus on systemic discrimination cases stands out, with 25 such lawsuits filed, underscoring a concerted effort to address discrimination that has a broad impact on industries and communities. This includes actions against employers for failing to provide reasonable accommodations for mental health conditions, highlighting the EEOC's increased scrutiny in this area​​​​.


Mental health remains a pivotal concern in the workforce, as evidenced by the following statistics:


  • Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults annually in the U.S., signaling a vast portion of the workforce that could benefit from supportive accommodations (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
  • The prevalence of PTSD among Americans, with a heightened incidence among veterans, underscores the need for workplace policies that accommodate such conditions (Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs).
  • The significant loss of working days due to stress, depression, or anxiety—approximately 12.5 million annually—highlights the economic and human cost of inadequate mental health support (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).
  • With 50% of employees reporting that stress and anxiety impact their work quality, the imperative for employers to address mental health proactively is clear (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).


For HR professionals and employers, these insights reinforce the importance of cultivating a workplace environment that supports mental well-being and complies with ADA requirements. Emphasizing mental health support, developing effective accommodation policies, and fostering a culture of openness are key strategies for navigating the evolving workplace landscape.


The emphasis on systemic discrimination by the EEOC in 2023 serves as a critical reminder of the legal and ethical obligations employers have to address broad-scale issues, including those related to mental health. Staying informed of these developments and integrating mental health support into organizational policies will not only ensure legal compliance but also contribute to a more inclusive, productive, and healthy workplace."


Areas covered during the session:

  • Summary of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Summary of the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008
  • Understanding Essential Job Functions
  • Understanding Reasonable Accommodations and Undue Hardship
  • EEOC Cases
  • How to Conduct the Interactive Process
  • Essential Documentation
  • Summary
  • Action Items

Why you should attend?

The complexities surrounding mental health in the workplace, particularly the challenges in accommodating "invisible" disabilities, necessitate a nuanced understanding of the ADA's requirements. Many employers find themselves unsure of how to effectively support employees with mental health disabilities, often due to a lack of clarity on potential accommodations and the fear of inadvertently violating disability discrimination laws.

This webinar aims to demystify these aspects, providing attendees with the knowledge to navigate mental health accommodations confidently, ensuring both compliance and support for employees.


Who should attend?


  • HR Managers and Directors
  • Employee Relations Specialists
  • Diversity and Inclusion Officers
  • Legal Counsel and Compliance Officers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Advisors
  • Benefits and Compensation Managers

Bob McKenzie, has over 40 years of human resources management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on experience in all areas of Human resources management in all types of industries within the public and private sectors. 

Bob has been cited in a number of Human Resources trade publications. Among them are HR.com, HR Magazine, HR Florida Review, Vault.com, BNA and the Institute of Management and Administration and the Business Journal. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences as well as audio and web-based seminars.

Bob is a graduate of Rider University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree and double majored in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior.

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Tags: ADA Compliance, Mental Health in Workplace, HR Training, Legal Compliance, Workplace Inclusivity, Stress and Anxiety Management, PTSD Workplace Support, Disability Discrimination Law, EEOC Guidelines, Accommodation Policies, Bob McKenzie, March 2024. Webinar