"Ableism" is a form of disability discrimination -- but it's so culturally ingrained that it's often hard to combat. Ableism is anything that devalues someone based on their disability -- whether that disability is visible or not.
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.
People with disabilities enjoy certain workplace protections -- but is obesity really a disability in California?
Some disabilities are obvious to the world -- while others are very much "hidden" conditions that observers can't automatically discern just by looking at someone.
Is it illegal for an employer to fire you while you're sidelined from the job due to an illness or injury?
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).
A diabetic man who previously worked as an assistant manager in a large foodservice chain has accused his former employer of disability discrimination based on his chronic condition. His lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that his employer refused to make reasonable accommodation and later fired him in retaliation.
Society has greatly improved its general approach to workers with disabilities. Injuries, illnesses and other limiting conditions are no longer an excuse to keep people out of the workforce or marginalize their position within it. Federal and California laws protect this principle.
California is the most populous and the most diverse state, including in terms of disabilities. As a result, the Golden State leads the nation in responding to the needs of disabled people. State laws supplement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in requiring businesses and public facilities to allow equal access for people with disabilities.
Physical disabilities do not stop thousands of Californians from making irreplaceable contributions to the state economy. Smart managers know that people dealing with physical differences should not be excluded from the workplace and every effort should be made to adapt to their needs.