It’s getting dark out sooner. The sun is coming up later. And with the darker season comes struggles for employees who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression in which a decrease of natural light triggers a mood disorder. So does that mean you may have to offer SAD sufferers a workspace near sunlight? Quite possibly, as a recent court ruled that “Natural light may be a medical necessity”…
Case in Point: Renae Ekstrand worked happily as a first-grade teacher for Somerset School District in Wisconsin for four years. Then she was transferred to a classroom without any exterior windows.
Before her school year started, Ekstrand gave the principal a doctor’s note that explained she suffered from seasonal affective disorder. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that as many as six of every 100 people in the United States suffer from SAD. Another 10% to 20% may e...(register to read more)