SHRLR faculty publish findings on accommodations for people with psychiatric disabilities in American Business Law Journal

Accommodation can be essential to enabling people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job.

In "Atypical Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities," School of Human Resources & Labor Relations Associate Professors Stacy Hickox, J.D. and Angela Hall, J.D., PhD examine the accommodations people with psychiatric disabilities often need to participate in today’s workforce.

Though accommodations can promote job retention through increased job satisfaction and well-being, many courts have denied accommodation requests due to employers’ assumptions about performance, or threats purportedly posed by people with psychiatric disabilities.

By challenging these assumptions and stereotypes, and creating employer accountability to provide accommodations, employees with psychiatric disabilities could experience increased opportunities in the workplace and positive employment outcomes.

View Professor Hickox and Hall’s full article here:

  • Hickox, S. A., & Hall, A. (2018). Atypical Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities. American Business Law Journal, 55(3), 537-594. doi:10.1111/ablj.12125

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Stacy Hickox, J.D.

Stacy Hickox, JD, is an Associate Professor with the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Professor Hickox received her Bachelor's degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Hickox has written a book on the Americans with Disabilities Act and several law review articles on various aspects of employment law. Her current research focuses on accommodations for people with disabilities, drug testing in the workplace, and removing barriers to employment for returning citizens.



Angela Hall, J.D., PhD

Angela Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University College of Law, and her PhD from Florida State University College of Business. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. Professor Hall has taught a wide variety of courses on the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels, and currently serves as the Doctoral Program Committee Chair for the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

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