3 Common Signs Of Workplace Disability Discrimination

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) expressly prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a disability. If you have any type of disability, you have the right to equal opportunities at work and your employer is responsible for making reasonable accommodations to allow you to do your job. Unfortunately, while this may be a federal law, disability discrimination still occurs in the workplace, which is illegal. If you suspect that you're being discriminated against because you have a disability, it is a good idea to hire a disability discrimination attorney to assist you in filing the proper complaints. Some of the common signs of disability discrimination occurring in the workplace include:

Workplace Harassment

An employee with a disability has the right to do his or her job without being harassed by superiors or co-workers. Harassment can take many forms, such one or more people making offensive jokes or comments, using intimidation tactics, or bullying. If an employer refuses to make reasonable accommodations for a disabled employee, that can also be considered a form of harassment. Lastly, if you are treated different than other employees who do not have a disability, this may be considered harassment. If you feel like you are being harassed due to your disability, talk to your company's HR department. If that does not resolve the issue, contact a disability discrimination attorney to represent you.

Unfair Layoffs or Wage Disparity

While the ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, that does not mean that all companies strictly abide by the law. One form of discrimination that people with disabilities may experience in the workplace is unfair layoffs or wage disparity. It is also not uncommon for people with disabilities to be encouraged to retire early. If you are laid off or make substantially less than non-disabled co-workers in the same position, it could be due to discrimination. Your best bet is to contact an experienced disability discrimination attorney to review your case. 

Lack of Promotions or New Responsibilities

Having a disability does not prevent a person from being a hard worker and wanting to do a good job. According to the law, people with disabilities should receive promotions and raises based on merit, and a person can't be overlooked for a promotion or raise based on his or her disability. If you have worked at your place of employment for an extended period of time and have been overlooked for promotions and raises, it is worth your time to contact an attorney. 


21 June 2019