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Studies have demonstrated that individuals with disabilities, including those with psychiatric disabilities, not only perceive but experience discrimination in employment. Several researchers have studied disability discrimination using data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on charges filed under the Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This previous research has investigated both the characteristics and outcomes of charges filed by individuals with psychiatric disabilities, finding that these charges are more likely to cite certain issues such as harassment and less likely to result in a meritorious outcome for the charging party. Employment discrimination is difficult to measure and these charges are certainly not a perfect source of information; however these data provide an important window into where and how employers struggle with implementation of the ADA, experiences that are otherwise very difficult to access.


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von Schrader, S. (2017). The patterns and context of ADA discrimination charges filed by individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Ithaca, NY: Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability.