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.
Some people just seem to have it all together. They can easily plan a project at work from start to finish, are organized, efficient and self-directed.
There are plenty of people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who can function fairly well in the workplace -- although some need reasonable accommodations to better manage their neurodivergent condition at work.
When you have a disability -- whether visible or not -- you become consciously aware of just how much "ableism" there is around you.
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.
"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?