Hollow Promises: Employment Discrimination Against People With Mental Disabilities

Pages: 261
Item #: 431662A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-792-1
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 2002
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Although passed into law with high expectations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has mostly failed in enabling those with mental disabilities to fight discrimination in the workplace. In Hollow Promises, Susan Stefan explores the reasons for this failure and points to how the courts, government, and employers may finally make good on the ADA's seemingly hollow promises.

This book identifies the difficulties that people with mental disabilities may have in finding and keeping employment and how the ADA has affected this problem. Those with mental disabilities, like most people, want to work to support themselves and find respect and personal fulfillment. But because of deep-rooted prejudices against those with disabilities, obtaining and holding a job can be an epic task.

Filled with detailed descriptions of employment cases and sharp analysis of the law, this provocative book is essential reading for lawyers, employers, therapists, people with mental disabilities, and all those seeking just employment practice.

Table of Contents



  1. The Work Experience of People with Psychiatric Disabilities
  2. Disability Discrimination Law and Discrimination Against People With Psychiatric Disabilities
  3. The Americans With Disabilities Act and the Definition of Mental Impairments
  4. The Substantial Limitations of the Substantial Limitations Requirement of the Americans With Disabilities Act
  5. "Record of Disability" and "Regarded as Having a Disability"
  6. Abusive Work Environments, Stressful Working Conditions, and Discrimination
  7. What is Discrimination?
  8. Reasonable Accommodations for Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities
  9. Conclusion


  1. Survey
  2. A Sample of Disability Discrimination Cases Involving Mental Disabilities
  3. Contacting the EEOC

Table of Authorities


About the Author

Author Bio
Susan Stefan, JD, is an attorney at the Center for Public Representation in Newton, Massachusetts. Until 2001, she was a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she taught disability law and mental health law. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1980, received a master's in philosophy from Cambridge University in 1981, and received her law degree from Stanford University Law School in 1984. Ms. Stefan writes about disability and mental health law. She also continues to litigate cases involving the Americans With Disabilities Act and its application to people with psychiatric disabilities.