by Mindy Chapman, Esq.
In the past few months, several Hollywood celebrities—including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Demi Lovato—have publicly announced they suffer from bipolar disorder, a mental illness defined by high and low mood swings. Even Charlie Sheen has dubbed himself “bi-winning.”
But what if a bipolar employee exhibits threatening behavior—can you discipline her, or must you accommodate the disability? Do anti-violence policies trump employee disability rights? Here’s what one court said last month …
Case in Point: Linda Wills, a court clerk in California, suffered from bipolar disorder, a disability affecting about 2.6% of Americans over age 18, says the National Institute of Health.
From time to time, Wills took medical leave to take care of her condition. She never told her supervisors about her diagnosis.
One day, Wills had to wait outside of work for several minutes, ringing the buzzer to get in. Once ...(register to read more)