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


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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