There is troubling news in the American workplace: Disability discrimination rates are on the rise.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 28,073 disability discrimination claims in 2016. In comparison, there were 25,165 claims in 2010 and 14,893 claims in 2005.
What does the data tell us? There may be many factors at play.
There may certainly be more instances of disability discrimination in the workplace. But there may also be an increase in confidence in speaking out among victims. Any form of workplace discrimination is wrong, and victims may feel empowered to speak out about their employer’s wrongdoing.
Whatever the case, victims need to be aware of the support and legal protections available to them.
Examples of Disability Discrimination:
- Failing to hire or promote an employee because of a disability
- Failing to provide employee with breaks to cope with the disability
- Failing to accommodate disabled employees
- Failing to give disabled employees the tools they need to perform their jobs
- Verbally harassing a disabled employee
All employees deserve to work in an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and other unfair behaviors. The law protects employees. When employers fail to correct the behavior or initiate it themselves, they can be held accountable.