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What should employers do to prevent disability discrimination?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2020 | Workplace Disability Discrimination

Employees should not face mistreatment at work because of a disability. Florida employers should strive to protect the interests of these workers, and they should take certain steps to make their workplaces more inclusive and conducive for disabled individuals. Any type of disability discrimination is unacceptable, and in some cases, it may be grounds for a civil claim against the employer.

Disabled employees have the right to certain types of protections in the workplace. This means if an employee has a disability that affects his or her ability to work, the employer should offer reasonable accommodations. This may include more frequent breaks, permission to sit while doing certain tasks and adjusting some job requirements. This allows disabled individuals to continue to work and earn an income.

An employee may be eligible for disability protections and reasonable accommodations even if he or she is not in a wheelchair or has a disability that is visible. Many employees are unaware of the rights they have, including the right to continue to work even if they are unable to do certain tasks. Employers cannot move disabled employees to lower paying jobs or have them become independent contractors unless the employee willingly agrees to a change in his or her employment.

Disability discrimination is a real problem for some Florida employees. It is important for these individuals to speak out if they believe they are victims of this type of mistreatment. If there is evidence of discrimination, such as an employer’s refusal to provide reasonable accommodations, it could be grounds for a civil claim.