EEOC Workshop May 4, 2021

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

New York District « Philadelphia District « Washington Field Office


May 4, 2021

9:30 am – 4:00 pm EDT





9:30 am

Virtual Environment Opens

9:55 am

Opening Remarks


Judy Keenan, District Director, EEOC New York District Office

10:00 am

Overview of Psychiatric Disabilities and EEO Laws


Katrina Grider, EEOC Associate Director of Curriculum, Education and Training


This session will focus on the obligations that employers have with employees who have mental health issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When are psychiatric disabilities covered by the ADA? When can employers ask employees questions about their mental health and what types of accommodations are available? What actions can employers take to deal with workplace performance issues that may be related to a psychiatric condition?

11:00 am


11:10 am

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace


Nakisha Pugh, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)


Diana Gulick, Associate Director, Benefits and Wellbeing, Merck


Creating a workplace culture that supports all employees is a good business practice. This panel discussion will provide successful approaches to wellness and proven business practices that replace the silence and stigma associated with mental health with acceptance and compassion. The panel also will provide practical information on awareness, accommodations, assistance, and access.



12:40 pm

Mental Illness and Access to Services in Communities of Color


Chanté Meadows, MSW, LISW-S, Meadows Counseling Group


Ms. Meadows believes that it is imperative to change negative stigmas associated with mental health. This presentation will discuss the unique challenges facing communities of color and will cover important steps employers can take to implement effective impactful policies for employees. The discussion will explain how some policies or practices may be an impediment to seeking help. Ms. Meadows works with clients of color and will share her perspective from that lens.

1:40 pm


1:50 pm

Workplace Accommodations for Mental Health Impairments in the Time of COVID-19


Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS Lead Consultant, JAN


Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., Principal Consultant, JAN


Melanie Whetzel and Linda Batiste, long-time consultants for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), will discuss accommodating employees with mental health conditions in the workplace. Using real life situations, the presenters will illustrate some of the issues that have been created by the pandemic, often due to rapid changes in routine, the need to adapt quickly, and social isolation from forced telework. These changes have exacerbated symptoms for some employees with existing mental health conditions and triggered an increase in anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders such as opioid addiction. The presenters will discuss ways to address these issues and provide relevant ADA rules and best practices.

2:50 pm


3:00 pm

Q&A Encore Session with the Presenters

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks


Jamie Williamson, District Director, EEOC Philadelphia District Office




REGISTER HERE: New York « Philadelphia « Washington Virtual Workshop




HRCI and SHRM – submitted for approval


CLE – will seek credits for DE, OH, VA, and WV


This seminar has been approved for 5 hours of Federal Counselor and Investigator Refresher credits.


Michael Rojas

Mary Tiernan

Marcel Baldwin

Monica Colunga


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