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Disability discrimination basics

The Federal government prohibits employers from discriminating their employees on the basis of race, religion, sex or disability. Disability discrimination is the unfair treatment towards a person because of their disability. The law does not force employers to hire disabled employees. It only makes sure that someone who is capable of performing the same duty as any other person is not rejected because of the disability.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents employers from discrimination against disabled employees. The act was passed to protect the rights of disabled people and make sure they get equal opportunities. Employers have no right to deny a disabled individual their rights. If the disability does not affect the quality of their work, they should be entitled to receive promotions, benefits and training. Employers must put up a notice that explains the rights of disabled employees.

To receive protection through the ADA, you must be disabled. The law defines a disabled person as one who has a physical or mental impairment that has a major effect on their lives. Drug addicts or alcoholics are not covered by the ADA, though in some cases, recovering alcoholics might be eligible. The employer must accommodate a disabled employee to help them adjust to the work environment. The employer should also allow disabled employees to take longer medical leave if required. The employer has to install any extra equipment required by a disabled employee to perform their duty.

If you are disabled and feel that your employer is being unfair toward you, it is advisable to contact an experienced employment attorney. The attorney will review your case and might be able to get you compensated.

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