Notifying employer of dementia

I have been diagnosed with dementia. What is my responsibility for letting
my employer know of my condition?

Asked on April 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You are not legally required to let them know, but:
1) if you don't tell them and they let you go, you can't claim any protection from the laws prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities;
2) You can't ask for any accommodations for your condition if you don't notify your employer; and
3) If you injure yourself or another because of your condition, damage or lose company property, or cost the company money (such as by costing them a sale or failing to complete a project), you would likely be solely liable.


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