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What are the types of disability discrimination?

It is easy to believe that all types of disability discrimination are the same. As you learn more, however, you find that this is not true. There are many types of discrimination, each of which employers and workers should be aware of.

Direct discrimination is when a person is treated poorly as the result of his or her disability. For example, a candidate for a job who is deaf is not considered because the employer assumes he or she will not be able to keep up with the demands of the position. Furthermore, the employer never considers how they may be able to adjust to meet the needs of the person's individual circumstances.

Disability related discrimination can include the following:

-- Discrimination that is related to a person's disability.

-- The inability for the employer to prove that its treatment is justified.

-- Treatment that is less favorable than the way those without a disability are treated.

Even though disability discrimination takes on many forms, at the most basic level, it is simple for most people to understand when this is occurring. If a person with a disability is treated poorly, it often means he or she is a victim of discrimination.

Employees, including those who are disabled and those who are not, should become familiar with the finer details of disability discrimination. This will help them pinpoint discrimination in the future. Subsequently, they can take the steps necessary to put an end to this type of behavior. Nobody should have to work in an environment in which he or she is discriminated against.

Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission, "Types of disability discrimination," accessed April. 07, 2015

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