5. Work and the Workplace

  1. Felicity Callard1,
  2. Norman Sartorius2,
  3. Julio Arboleda-Flórez3,
  4. Peter Bartlett4,
  5. Hanfried Helmchen5,
  6. Heather Stuart3,
  7. Jose Taborda6 and
  8. Graham Thornicroft1

Published Online: 17 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch5

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

How to Cite

Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J. and Thornicroft, G. (2012) Work and the Workplace, in Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  4. 4

    School of Law and Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  5. 5

    Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany

  6. 6

    Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953548

Online ISBN: 9781119945352

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Keywords:

  • economic participation;
  • employment;
  • employment disability legislation;
  • employment discrimination;
  • employment integration;
  • lost productivity;
  • reasonable accommodations;
  • workplace discrimination

Summary

We discuss how disability legislation has been widely adopted (in many low- and middle-income as well as high-income countries) to protect the rights of people with disabilities and to ensure their full participation in competitive employment. Disability legislation is one component of a large regulatory and organisation framework focusing on human rights, non-discrimination and, in certain instances, affirmative action. The strength of disability legislation is that it imposes a specific duty on employers to make reasonable accommodations for physically or mentally disabled people. It is, however, sometimes limited in its effectiveness because of poor support from employers.