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Disability Discrimination Archives

When does harassment constitute disability discrimination?

Many individuals with disabilities do not let their medical condition impair their lives. They are still perfectly capable of working and supporting themselves independently. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled employees or applicants from workplace discrimination. It even protects those who are discriminated against not because they have a disability, but because someone such as a spouse or child does. Unfortunately, just because something is illegal does not mean it won't happen, and some disabled individuals in Minneapolis may find they are the victims of disability discrimination.

Take action against workplace disability discrimination

Living with a disability can present daily challenges. However, many of those in Minnesota with disabilities are able to persevere, not allowing their condition from preventing them from living a full and happy life. For many of these individuals, this includes holding down a job. However, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes an individual with a disability will be discriminated against at work.

What are reasonable accommodations?

There are many people in Minnesota who live with a disability. This disability may prevent these individuals from being able to complete everyday tasks in the same way that a non-disabled person would complete them. However, that does not mean the individuals are incapable of many of the same work-related tasks.

Who can make an ADA violation claim?

When a person with disabilities is hired by an employer, or a current employee develops a disability, employers in Minnesota and elsewhere need to take certain steps to better accommodate the individual. If an employer fails to carryout such action, this could be considered a violation of the Americans with Disability Act, more commonly referred to as the "ADA."

Addressing disability discrimination in the workplace

Although discussing disabilities in the work environment is not easy, employees and employers in Minnesota and elsewhere should understand how disabilities could impact employees. This means not only understanding how a disability could directly limit an employee, but also understanding how certain situations could cause the employee to endure employment discrimination.

Disability discrimination against people with diabetes

There are a variety of illnesses and disabilities that employees in Minnesota and elsewhere need to manage in the workplace. While employers are required to accommodate the workplace for these disabilities, it can still be difficult for some employees to manage an illness at work. Some employers may want to avoid having an employee with these extra needs or accommodations, but this is considered workplace discrimination.

How does the ADA help those suffering disability discrimination?

As a previous post noted, various laws have been passed and amended to help people with disabilities. Workers in Minnesota and elsewhere who live with disabilities may or may not experience issues in the workplace due to their disabilities. However, if a workplace does not have proper accommodations, an employee is facing mistreatment or an employee was wrongfully terminated, the Americans with Disability Act could help.

Laws influencing the Americans with Disabilities Act

The existence of disability discrimination in the workplace is disheartening and unfortunate. However, various laws have been passed and amended to help disabled workers. Going in order, section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits the federal government, as an employer, from discriminating against individuals with qualified disabilities.

Considering invisible disabilities and disability discrimination

Being safe and comfortable in the work environment seems to be a given and expected circumstance in the workplace; however, this is not experienced by all employees in Minnesota and other states in the nation. In some cases, an employee might feel mistreated due to a personal characteristic, no matter how obvious that characteristic is. In these matters, employee rights still exist and afford employees the opportunity to speak out about these situations, seek a resolution and possibly file an action for compensation for damages.

Taking action against disability discrimination

Residents in Minnesota often envision the workplace as a comfortable environment that accepts employees from different backgrounds and with different characteristics. While it is very possible for the work environment to be friendly and filled with content employees, there are some situations that could disrupt even the most peaceful workplace. Our law firm understands that events of discrimination not only disrupt the work environment, they violate the rights of employees.

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When employers discriminate or allow harassment and retaliation to take place or continue, we are dedicated to holding them accountable for their unlawful actions.

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