According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the biopolar condition is one of the top 10 disabilities in America. A mood disorder which alternates between mania and depression, it afflicts 5.7 million. And the U.S. EEOC is seeing to it that those disabled by the bipolar disease get the full protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reports Jenna Greene in BLOG OF THE LEGAL TIMES.
The EEOC's latest push is against King Soopers which is owned by the Dillon Company. Kelly Ferris, who had been working there for five years, took a medical leave of absence because her disease had returned. Months before the leave time expired she was terminated for not returning to work.
Recently how a bipolar condition can sideline a career - at least temporarily - was top media news when Congressman Jesse Jackson took a leave to enter the Mayo Clinic. There he was visited by Patrick Kennedy, who not has had his own bouts of mental illness, but fought for and won parity for how insurance companies reimburse mental illness claims. Why should a bipolar condition be compenated differently than diabetes?
Like diabetes, frequently the bipolar disease is treatable with medication.
UPDATE: POLITICO reports that Jesse Jackson Jr. has put his Dupont Circle house up for sale for $2.5 million to help pay his medical billls. That move has fueled speculation if he will continue his career in politics.