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How to Identify and Resolve Disability Discrimination at Work

By Edited Apr 24, 2015 0 0

Discrimination comes in many forms, and it happens in many different types of environment. One of the most common basis of discrimination is disability. Employees who have disabilities are often discriminated against because they cannot perform certain tasks such as walking, running or jumping. People do not know that disability discrimination is prohibited as stated by the law. Under Title II of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disabled employees are protected from any form of discrimination.

If you are a disabled employee, here are some tips for you to identify if you are being discriminated against by your employer and coworkers:

  • You were laid off, demoted or terminated because of your disability.
  • You occasionally hear offensive remarks and statements about your disability.
  • You were not hired because you or your spouse has a disability.

If you experienced one of the following situations, you are discriminated against based on disability. In this kind of situation, you will need to file a complaint with your boss. Request that he impose the office rules employment laws that prohibit discrimination. Under the ADA, he should also provide you reasonable accommodations to make your work easier. Some examples of reasonable accommodation include:

  • Relocation of working quarters. The employer may relocate you to an area where you can have a more relaxed working environment.
  • Provision of devices and equipment to help you overcome your disability at work. Hearing aids, canes, and other devices may be provided to help you finish work faster.
  • Allowing you to have emergency leaves in case you need to get treatment. In situations where you need to be hospitalized or stay at home to rest, your employer should be considerate and provide you with additional sick leaves.
  • Provision of more flexible hours and easier tasks – As a disabled individual, your skills and capacities are limited. Because of this, your employer should give you easier work to do.

These accommodations are essential for you to work more efficiently despite your condition. However, if your employer refuses to give you these things, you may seek legal assistance. In your situation, it would be best if you hire an employment discrimination attorney.

Discrimination is a civil rights violation that is punishable by the law. If you are experiencing discrimination in school or at work, you should get an employment discrimination attorney to handle your case. With his help, you would eventually make your offenders pay for their adverse actions against you.

This article is not meant to be interpreted as a legal advice. To know the available legal options regarding your case, consult an Employment Law Attorney for more information.

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