Living with a disability presents challenges, but many disabled individuals want to live as normal a life as is possible. For many this includes holding down a job to support themselves and their family. Unfortunately, disability discrimination in Washington D.C. workplaces sometimes occurs and is against the law.
What does disability discrimination in the workplace look like?
If a disabled individual is treated unfairly in the workplace due to their disability this may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act. Disability discrimination occurs when a disabled employee is treated less favorably than a non-disabled employee due to the fact that they have a disability, had a disability in the past or if they have a physical or mental impairment that is minor and expected to last six months or less. Harassment based on a disability is also prohibited if it is so ongoing and severe that it results in a hostile work environment or an adverse employment decision. Under federal law discrimination can impact any aspect of employment, such as hiring, terminating, compensation and benefits, job assignments and promotions, training or any other term or condition of employment.
What is an undue hardship?
Employers are required to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations that allow the employee to perform their job duties unless doing so would impose an “undue hardship” on the employer. Reasonable accommodations are changes to a person’s work environment or processes that allow the disabled worker to do their job and enjoy the benefits of employment. An undue hardship may exist if the employer would face significant difficulties or incur significant expenses based on the employer’s size, resources and business needs in order to provide reasonable accommodations for the disabled employee.
Learn more about disability discrimination in the workplace
Disability discrimination in the Washington, D.C. metro area is an unfortunate occurrence that has a major impact on a worker’s life. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on disability discrimination may be a useful resource to those who want to learn more about this topic.