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Friday, June 22, 2018


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Chetan Tiwari, Esq., Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Priya Lane, Esq., Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Betsy Ehrenberg, Esq., Pyle, Rome & Ehrenberg

Honorable William G. Young, U.S. District Court for Massachusetts

Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, Ph.D., Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Ellen J. Messing, Esq., Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky

Zlatka Russinova, Ph.D., Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Marc L. Breakstone, Esq., Breakstone, White and Gluck

Providing reasonable accommodations and fostering inclusiveness at work benefits employers and employees alike. But often employees face stigma in the workplace and employers don’t know how to fulfill their obligations to provide reasonable accommodations, leading to the breakdown of the employment relationship and litigation. Employment discrimination claims are challenging and difficult to prove, especially when psychiatric disabilities are at issue. This program will help you understand the complexities of these cases by presenting interactive sessions on:

  • The benefits and challenges of accommodating psychiatric disabilities in the workplace 
  • Reasonable accommodations: requests, privacy protections, the interactive process, and employer obligations 
  • Cases where there are intersectional identities, or overlapping protected classes, and how to understand and analyze potential discrimination claims 
  • How to voir dire the jury to identify biases that affect your case
Please contact Ellie Sarcia at or (617) 338-2345 ext. 121 if you are a person with lived experience seeking a scholarship, legal or social services employee, or state employee for applicable discount code.

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CONFERENCE GRIEVANCE POLICY: Any person who is dissatisfied with the response of MHLAC regarding conference policies as stated on conference registration forms and/or this website, may, within 30 days of the event, request a review by the MHLAC Executive Director.

CONFERENCE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: Any person who is dissatisfied with the response of MHLAC regarding conference policies as stated on conference registration forms, may, within 30 days of the event, request a review by the MHLAC Executive Director. The Executive Director or a designee shall review the circumstances and shall communicate in writing with the grievant within 20 days of MHLAC’s receipt of the complaint regarding the results of the review. Grievants whose complaints are deemed justified shall be afforded such relief as will address their concern and/or, to the extent possible, make the person whole. The Executive Director’s decision is final.

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