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Primary points regarding disability discrimination

Even though most employers understand that disability discrimination is against the law, some make a poor decision that negatively impacts an applicant or employee. Generally speaking, disability discrimination occurs when a company covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act treats a disabled individual unfavorably, because of his her or disability.

Disability discrimination can occur against a person who is employed with a company, as well as those who are applying for a job. It is also important to note that the law also protects people from discrimination based on a relationship with a person who is disabled.

The phrase "reasonable accommodation" is one that is often associated with disability discrimination. The law requires a company to provide reasonable accommodation to an applicant or employee with a disability.

This could include but is not limited to providing a wheelchair accessible workplace or using an interpreter for somebody who is hearing impaired.

Finally, there are laws in place that limit employers on when and how they can ask applicants medical questions, such as those that would identify a disability. For instance, an employer is not allowed to ask a person if they have a disability during the interview process.

When you understand the primary points regarding disability discrimination, it is easier to pinpoint a situation in which you or somebody else has become a victim.

Some employers unknowingly discriminate against people with a disability. Others, however, have a plan in place for doing so. Either way, it is against the law in Florida. Anybody who is a victim of disability discrimination has the right to take action to better their situation.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Disability Discrimination," accessed Feb. 15, 2016

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