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Disability Discrimination Archives

Court rules accidental discrimination is still discrimination

A California Court of Appeals' decision regarding a wrongful termination claim and disability discrimination has a warning for employers: Be cautious when you apply a termination policy to a newly disabled employee. You'd better be certain that you've done everything necessary to make reasonable accommodations for the disability and that you're not making an error in the application of your policy. If you do make an error, you -- not the employee -- will bear the financial consequences.

Know your rights regarding work and mental health issues

Mental health issues are very common. However, many people still don't realize that their mental health conditions are entitled to the same workplace protections that physical disabilities are accorded through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also published information to help spread awareness of the rights of mentally ill employees.

Take action against disability discrimination

A disability can strike anyone, at any age. In fact, it's estimated that around 40 million Americans struggle with some form of mental or physical disability. Many of those people are working despite their impairments -- but they don't always have an easy time finding acceptance in the workforce.