New psychiatric diagnostic categories could lead to spike in ADA claims


In an article on the American Psychiatric Association’s new DSM-5 manual of psychiatric diagnostic categories, Littler’s Peter Petesch detailed the reasons why employers may not experience a rise in requests for workplace accommodation based on DSM-5 alone. He noted that while disability claims arising from mental and emotional disorders may continue to rise, the primary reason is the 2008 ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the ensuing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance.

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