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I think my relative was discriminated against at work
(for example, refused a job, fired, employer would not work around his/her illness) 

A person with a mental illness has certain rights at work. It is against the law if someone will not hire the person just because they have a mental illness. It is against the law for a company to fire someone because they have a mental illness. If a person is qualified to do a job, then their boss has to try to work around the person mental illness so that they can do their job. For example, someone with a mental illness might need time off work to get treatment. There is a law called the Family and Medical Leave Act that gives workers time off without having to worry that they will lose their job. This law can help someone who has a mental illness. There are other laws called Mental Health Parity Laws that gives a person with a mental illness the right to get insurance from their employer the same way people with physical illnesses do. There is an agency called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that makes sure people with disabilities get the rights at work they deserve. Click on the links below to learn more about these rights. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Family and Medical Leave Act (Family and Medical Leave Act)

Mental Health Parity Laws (Rights of a Person with a Mental Illness in Regards to Insurance)