One of your coworkers is going through a divorce, and another is on the mend after a workplace accident; both situations impact their overall work performance with your Illinois-based employer. Your struggles are not so readily apparent.

If you have PTSD, clinical anxiety or depression or any other mental health condition, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lays out your rights. If your mental health impacts your work performance, you deserve to know if you are ever the victim of harassment or discrimination.

Revealing your condition

In most cases, there is no need for you to reveal your condition. That said, you may require a reasonable accommodation in the office, which likely requires you informing your employer of your PTSD, clinical depression or what have you. Sharing your condition may become necessary if your mental health prevents you from participating in a project or other duties.

Facing termination because of your condition

If you decide to reveal your condition and are subsequently terminated because of it, even though you can still perform your job, your employer then engages in an illegal act. Your company could base the decision to fire you based on harmful and untrue stereotypes and biases.

Requesting reasonable accommodation

Touching back on reasonable accommodation, if you need specific and reasonable adjustments to your work environment to carry out your duties, it is legal for you to request such accommodations. To keep your employer from having legal grounds for terminating you on the basis that you cannot perform your job, it is best to ask for an accommodation before your work performance suffers.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.