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How Can Firms Best Accommodate Employees With A Mental Impairment?

An owner of a retail store in Denver, Colo., with more than 100 employees recently learned that a janitor she hired several years ago has developed a mental impairment that is impacting her performance.

This employee has asked the employer to help her with some of her tasks so that she may continue working. The employee said she has “mild psychological” issues and was told by her doctor that she has a bipolar disorder. The owner wants to work with the employee and keep her working.

The employees impairment prevents her from completing some of the required paperwork and disarming and setting the stores alarm. She also is unable to heed written instructions.

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