Workers with learning difficulties and discrimination

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Many people with learning disabilities are able to find meaningful work and contribute to society and to the workplace. The opportunities that those with learning disabilities are able to receive are in part due to legal protections and support that comes with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

While there have been significant strides made in regard to the possibilities of work for those with learning disabilities, unfortunately discrimination in the workplace and in the recruitment process is still common. This is unacceptable, and if you or a loved one has a learning disability, it is important to stand up for the rights of disabled people, as well as learn about what can be done.

What type of behavior counts as discrimination?

Many people are confused about what types of behavior counts as discrimination in the workplace, especially when it comes to those with learning disabilities. If a person with a learning disability is denied a job because they are simply unqualified, this is obviously not discrimination. However, if a person with a learning disability is denied a job not because he or she is under qualified, but because the hiring manager is wary about employing a disabled person and mentions this, this absolutely counts as discrimination and should never be tolerated.

Similarly, it is unlawful for those with learning disabilities to be undermined or treated unfairly in the workplace. Disabled people have the right to reasonable adjustments in the workplace, and they have a right to do their job without ill treatment.

If you believe that you or your loved one has been discriminated against, it is vital that you take immediate action to stand up for the rights that those with learning disabilities have.