Discrimination in the workplace is a serious event. In fact, numerous laws have been passed to help protect employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their disabilities. When employees in Minnesota believe that they are being mistreated due to their disabilities, they should consider some federal laws that could help them with a cause of action and recover damages.
First, there is the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law prohibits the discrimination against people with disabilities. Furthermore, it guarantees opportunities for these individuals regarding employment, transportation and public accommodations.
Next, the Rehabilitation Act authorizes funding for those with various disabilities related to their activities. Regarding employment, this prohibits the discrimination against an individual with disabilities by employers and businesses contracting with federal agencies and programs receiving federal financing.
The Workforce Investment Act consolidates federal job training and employment programs and section 188 of this act prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities who apply for or participate in these programs. The Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act and the Civil Services Reform Act also work with federal agencies and programs, prohibiting discrimination against disabled workers.
The situation surrounding a disability discrimination occurrence could range greatly, so it is important that employees understand what laws benefit them. Seeking guidance about their situation could help them determine what options they have and whether they could file a cause of action regarding their mistreatment in the workplace.
Source: United States Department of Labor, "Employment Laws: Disability & Discrimination," accessed on Dec. 15, 2014