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Can disability discrimination occur outside of work?

Many people think about disability discrimination and the first thing that comes to mind is a problem within a place of employment.

In addition to workplace disability discrimination, this type of action can occur in the following situations among others: housing, education, transportation, and access to businesses and buildings.

According to FindLaw, there are many circumstances that can lead to disability discrimination at work. Here is a brief passage that explains:

"Including failure-to-hire claims, in which a disabled job applicant is otherwise qualified for the position but is not hired due to his or her disability; and cases involving an employer's failure to make 'reasonable accommodations' for an employee's disability."

Disability discrimination at a place of employment is not typically the same as another type of event. For example, housing disability discrimination comes into play for a number of reasons, such as if a person refuses to rent or sell to a disabled person.

Transportation disability discrimination is often a problem if a company did not accommodate a disabled passenger as they should have.

Day in and day out, there are disabled people who attempt to live their life to the best of their ability. Often, they need the assistance of others, such as an employer, to make this happen.

If disability discrimination occurs, the victim may be in position to file a complaint or lawsuit against the other party. This is not something a disabled person wants to do, but it often comes down to this because they are looking for the best way to protect their rights as individuals.

Source: FindLaw, "Disability Discrimination Basics" accessed Jan. 26, 2015

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