Rosanne Barr has publicly acknowledged her mental illness, which includes multiple personality disorder. This should have been no secret to Disney when they hired her for the current television show since Disney subsidiary, ABC, ran this story several years ago about Rosanne’s mental illness:
**Roseanne Says Having 7 Personalities Is Tough **
**Loudmouthed comedian Roseanne has had a lot of different personas: waitress, stand-up comic, talk show host, and actress. But that’s not what she means when she says she’s dealing with multiple personalities. **
Roseanne, who first told the world that she has multiple personality disorder in 1994, says it’s not easy dealing with switching between “Somebody” and "Nobody."
Bill Maher recently noted Rosanne’s mental condition an important factor in the her firing:
“My friend Roseanne admitted that she had been admitted to a mental institution,” Maher said on Friday’s show. “She has said she has multiple personalities and, unfortunately, one of them is quite a racist.”
Discrimination based on mental illness is illegal under federal employment law:
- Is my employer allowed to fire me because I have a mental health condition?
No. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you simply because you have a mental health condition. This includes firing you, rejecting you for a job or promotion, or forcing you to take leave. . . You may have a legal right to a reasonable accommodation that would help you do your job.
Is Disney violating federal employment law by failing to make required accommodations for someone with mental illness?