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If you have disability discrimination concerns (or other types of discrimination) with your employer, the following information may be of assistance.
FOR DISABILITY ISSUES:
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT
This law makes it illegal to discriminate against a qualified person with a disability in the private sector and in state and local governments. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business
(SOURCE EEOC WEBSITE) EEOC
• REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS. If you choose to disclose your disability -- The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, unless it would impose undue hardship. Undue hardship means significant difficulty or expense and focuses on the resources and circumstances of the particular employer in relation to the cost or difficulty of providing a specific accommodation. The ADA also prohibits employers from denying employment opportunities to qualified applicants or employees with disabilities because of the need to provide a reasonable accommodation.
(SOURCE: EEOC) EEOC ENFORCEMENT GUIDE
• Discrimination. Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act, as amended:
• Treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because they have a disability.
• Disability discrimination also occurs when a covered employer or other entity treats an applicant or employee less favorably because he or she has a history of a disability (such as cancer that is controlled or in remission)
• Or because he or she is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor (even if the employee does not have such an impairment).
• The law also protects people from discrimination based on their relationship with a person with a disability (even if they do not themselves have a disability).
(Source EECO) Disability Discrimination
For how to file a complaint click here.