Discrimination Due to Disabilities in the Workplace | What to Know

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Discrimination Due to Disabilities in the Workplace | What to Know

Workplace discrimination is a major issue. If you are being discriminated against due to a disability, it is important to know what you have options. There are certain protections and accommodations that you should be able to utilize. Read on to learn more about discrimination in the workplace and what to do if you believe you are a victim of workplace discrimination due to a disability. 

What Protections Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Afford?

Title I of the Americans With Disability Act states that employees who have physical or mental disabilities are protected from discrimination in companies with at least 15 employees. Employees in the United States who meet the following qualifications are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Those who have a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits at least one major part of their life
  • Those who have formally documented disabilities
  • Those who are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment

Is my job Required to Give me Reasonable Accommodation?

Individuals who are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act are allowed to request that reasonable accommodations are made to assist an employee in doing their job. These accommodations include:

  • Helping a person apply for a job
  • Making the workplace accessible for those that use a wheelchair
  • Providing an interpreter for someone who is blind or hearing impaired
  • An employee that is sick may need to attend doctors appointments or treatments, such as a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy

Can I File a Charge if I Have Been Discriminated Against in the Workplace?

If you believe you have been discriminated against, it is important to take action right away. You must ensure you file your charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the incident occurring, and if you are a federal employee, you must speak with an EEO counselor within 45 days of the accident occurring. Reach out to an experienced attorney who can walk you through the process.

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