Disability discrimination

Disability discrimination is when an employer that is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or Rehabilitation Act treats a qualified candidate who has a disability differently or unfavorably due to that disability.  The disability could be current or the candidate may have a history of a disability such as cancer or another disease that prohibited working in the past, but the candidate is now in remission or able to continue working. Disability discrimination also applies to those who have mental impairments as well as physical.

The law covers disability discrimination in the workplace, harassment because of disabilities and reasonable accommodation for disabilities.



The United States Employment Opportunity Commission provides detailed information about each of those categories as well as links to further information about disability discrimination. Other sources include include information on your rights as a person with disabilities, where to go if you are being discriminated against as well as other accommodations and employment options.

 

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