Movies and television often perpetuate the stereotype that just about every Los Angeles resident is in therapy. However, the stigma associated with mental illness is still a source of discrimination for many Californians looking for a job or hoping to remain in their job. In fact, many prefer to remain "in the closet" to employers and colleagues. However, roughly 46 million adults in America suffer or have recently suffered from an emotional, behavioral or mental disorder. However, studies have shown that employers are still reluctant to hire someone with even a history of mental health problems.
Myrone Bollinger was a bailiff in the Los Angeles criminal court, employed by the LA County Sheriff's office. She suffered from a physical disability that made it difficult for her to go on patrol as required by her position.
Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions painted a bleak picture for disabled Americans wanting to enter or stay in the workforce across the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), less than one-third of disabled Americans were considered part of the workforce in June and even fewer were actually working.