3 Common Issues Employees With Disabilities Encounter in the Workplace

Employees with disabilities have just as much of a right to be treated equally as other workers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in the workplace. There are a variety of issues that disabled employees face daily.

It is against the law for any employer to discriminate against an employee based on their race, sexual orientation, or whether they have a disability or not. You can’t be fired for a disability either. If you’re fired, you may be entitled to legal action against the employer.

However, this doesn’t mean that as a person with a disability, you won’t face adversity in the work environment.

In this article, we are going to discuss the top 3 most common issues that a disabled worker may be faced with consistently

1. Accommodations Aren’t Readily Available

In school, educators must make accommodations for students with learning disabilities. The same thing applies in the workplace. But, the accommodations that disabled people need aren’t always easy to gain access to.

At times, employers see the accommodation as a crutch. If they make the accommodation for one employee, they will need to make the same accommodation for other employees. Also, some companies simply aren’t willing to make the accommodation for the disabled employee.

Making the accommodation may be seen as inconvenient and unnecessary. However, it helps the person become more efficient and complete their work to the best of their abilities.

2. Feeling Underestimated By Employer and Coworkers

Often times, the employer and other coworkers may underestimate the amount of work and the quality of work that a person with a disability can accomplish. Many people with disabilities find that they’ve got to continually prove that they can do their job and do it well.

Assuming that a person can’t complete their job because of a disability may leave them feeling alienated from their coworkers. Therefore, making the work environment an uncomfortable one to be in daily.

3. Experience Employability Gap

In a lot of cases, a disabled person will experience gaps in employment because of an employer’s unwillingness to hire them. Employers may not hire them due to not being willing to make the necessary accommodations for them.

Or they may not hire them because they assume that they won’t be able to complete their job in the manner that their coworkers can. Part of the reason employers are hesitant to hire disabled workers is because of the bias that they will not do their jobs, not show up for work, and may need to leave their position at any moment.

Employees With Disabilities: The Finale

All of the things listed above are issues that employees with disabilities face when they make the decision to enter the workforce. Discriminating against disabled people is against the law, and having a disability doesn’t mean that your not able to do your job.

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