People with mental or physical disabilities are often discriminated against especially those who are in the employment sector. This is quite unfair since these people comprise 20.7 percent of the whole labor force. This meant that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they try to make themselves an important part of the economy through their income taxes.
Instead of slacking and leaving the work to those who define themselves as more mentally and physically able, these people had managed to show that they have far greater worth. Sometimes, their efforts to get a job were even more than those who do not have disabilities but would rather slack off.
With this prelude, it is then only fitting for the government to create agencies and laws that would cater to this sector of the society. Among such laws is the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Under the ADA, employers are prohibited from discriminating applicants or employees based on disability. It is also described as a wide-ranging civil rights law, which has similar provisions to that of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
For those who are wondering if they fall under the definition of disability, which is protected by the ADA, here are the following requirements as specified under the said law:
• The person has a mental or physical impairment that limits one or more major life activities.
• The person has a record of the impairment.
• This person is regarded by other people as someone who had such impairment.
Accordingly, the ADA warns and prohibits employers from committing acts of discrimination under the following employment processes:
• Job assignments
One of the places with a lot of disability discrimination cases is that of the State of California. Most of the employers in this area fail to recognize that the same employment laws also govern them. Through the California employment laws as well, discrimination is never tolerated. Employees are also encouraged to file a complaint once the company fails to address their grievances in case they experienced discrimination based on their disability.