California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects workers
with both physical and mental disabilities.
Physical disabilities include bodily and sensory
impairments such as blindness and carpal tunnel syndrome. The Act specifically
mentions chronic or episodic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, epilepsy,
seizure disorder, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Other
physical disabilities that may be protected are back conditions, polio,
hypertension and high blood pressure, hypersensitivity to tobacco smoke.
Obesity is not a physical disability. However, the underlying basis for the
weight problem may be.
Mental disabilities can include mental retardation,
mental illnesses, organic brain syndrome, learning disabilities. Clinical
depression, bi-polar disorder, and ADHD are viewed as physical and mental
Transvestitism, transsexualism, pedophilia,
exhibitionism, voyeurism, compulsive gambling, and kleptomania or pyromania are
not viewed as disabilities.
The law also protects persons with certain medical
conditions from discrimination. Such medical conditions include cancer and
genetic characteristics associated with a particular disease.deaf
To qualify as a disability, the condition must limit a
major life activity (like walking, seeing, breathing, learning, working, etc.)
without regard to medication and other corrective measures (wheelchairs,
hearing aids, prosthetics, etc.). An employee is protected from discrimination
who has no disability so long as he is "regarded as" disabled by his
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