State bar associations already demand information about a history of mental illness. Providing that data can prevent a JD who passes the bar exam from being licensed. And, Uber has been faulted, both in the media and in legal and regulatory actions, for not vetting those whose behavior could and did become aberrant.
Now, after the details have been released about Andreas Lubitz's mental disorder, there is a push for more organizations certifying, hiring, promoting, disciplining and terminating workers to dig deeper for information about mental conditions. No surprise, Bloomberg has covered this.
Yesterday, Bloomberg's John Tozzi asks:
"How can employers respect workers' privacy while preventing people suffering from serious mental illness from putting themselves or others at risk on the job? How can companies assist those who need help without intruding on their workers' private lives?"
Simultaneously, employees and even On-Demand-Economy independent contractors sense the risk of disclosure, post- Lubitz. Yet, mental illness, or at least a bout of it, afflicts more than one-fourth of the global population.
Had there been no stigma - nada - associated with mental illness, could Lubitz have felt safe sharing his current psychiatric challenges with his employer? But there was a stigma.
The genius of America's public relations industry can be leveraged to eliminate that stigma.