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People with a mental illness should not be discriminated against in the workplace.

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Started: 4/3/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DebateRen

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Hi, I'm thinking of doing this issue for my oral presentation topic for school as it is something I'm deeply passionate about and would love to learn more about. If anyone has any other arguments that would assist in supporting my contention, please let me know as I've only just begun planning my speech and still need more ideas. Also, this is my first time using this site so please refrain from pointing out my flaws :P I'm from Australia as well so a lot of my evidence will be from Australian sources (e.g AIHW etc) and various Australian newspapers (The Age etc). Anyway, I'll finally begin my argument below (it's a bit all over the place, sorry about that).

Two in five Australian employers would not consider hiring people with a mental illness because of fears they might break down at work or take too many sick days, a new study has found. The reality is, employers would have very limited problems with hiring someone with a physical illness, for example, confinement to a wheelchair or a vision impairment but as soon as this illness becomes a mental one, employers begin to discriminate. This is completely unfair as someone with a physical illness would most likely take just as many, if not, more sick days than someone with a mental illness. I see no problem in hiring someone with a mental illness if they're seeking treatment and/or therapy. They are just as hardworking and capable of doing their job as someone who is not suffering from a mental illness. Examples of prominent people with mental illness who openly discuss and reflect on their mental health issues and have developed successful careers include:
Dr Geoff Gallop " Former WA Labor Premier
Craig Hamilton " ABC Sports Commentator
Olivia Newton John " Entertainer
Pat Cash " Tennis player

What a lot of people fail to recognise is that mental illness effects a vast majority of the population. About 1 in 5 Australian adults will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. While mental illness is more likely to effect someone with a genetic predisposition to the illness or a family history of it, essentially, it can effect anyone. So that same employer who refused to hire a person with a mental illness could develop depression or an anxiety disorder or any other mental illness in the near future and as a result, lose their job because of it. Discrimination against people with a mental illness in the workplace has to stop. Would you not employ a person just because they were suffering from breast cancer? No. So then why should you not hire someone just because they have a mental illness?
TheGoldMustache

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It depends. If they have the same quality of work, they deserve equality. But, if an employer has reason to doubt how well they would work, that is fair. A blind man would be turned down as a valet, and a mute man would not be a singer. However, if there is no reason for their disability to disrupt their work, they deserve equal chances and equal pay.
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