As an employee, you have the right to work in an environment that is free from discrimination. While this is true, it isn’t always what happens.
For example, there are laws in place that make it illegal for employers or co-workers to discriminate against an employee or potential employee who has the needed skills to do a job if the right, reasonable accommodations are in place. Even though this is required by law, not all employers follow the rules.
While there are some situations where discrimination is clear, this isn’t always the case. Knowing the subtle signs of disability discrimination will help you know if you should act.
Remarks and comments
Any type of harassment in the workplace is problematic. However, if someone makes comments about your disability, even if the comments aren’t to you, you may wonder if you have legal grounds to act. The answer is yes (in most cases). This situation includes things like teasing, jokes or comments made in passing. While they may not seem serious, they are considered harassment and considered illegal.
Reasonable accommodations refused or denied
Disabled workers have the right to be provided with reasonable accommodations to do their job. Examples include wheelchair ramps and elevators. It’s worth noting that the employer may turn down reasonable accommodations if they cause them undue hardship.
Your rights as a disabled worker
Just because you have a disability, it doesn’t mean that you must put up with discrimination. You have rights. If you have been a victim of discrimination, it’s a good idea to learn more about your legal options. This will help to protect you and others in the same situation.