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Believe it or not, but in America, every other person faces discrimination due to their appearance, caste, creed, or race. And that’s for real! Did you know that since 2010, there are 1 million employment discrimination lawsuits and complaints filed with the government? That’s indeed a depressing number!
Imagine this, you are a skilled person who can do wonders with your brain but are constantly reminded of your physical or mental challenges. Wouldn’t that be rude, offensive, and unprofessional? If you are amongst those innocents who are facing such depressive episodes at your workplace, it’s high time to speak up before it’s too late.
Here are some pointers that can help you stand against those bullies and claim your rights at your workplace.
Let’s get started!
- Know about your rights
Before you decide to stand up against those bullies at your workplace, it is essential that you are familiar with your rights and laws against workplace discrimination. First of all, according to the Americans with Disability Act or the Rehabilitation Act, such type of discrimination occurs when an employer treats a qualified and talented individual/employee/applicant with physical or mental challenges, unfavorably or differently.
Secondly, you should be aware of the fact that the US federal laws state that every disabled employee should be provided with specific amenities at their workplace.
For example, the Rehabilitation Act (1973) clearly states that employers have to provide reasonable accommodations to help and support employees with disabilities for various reasons. These accommodations can help them to get a fair chance to compete for the job, have easy access to the workplace, and enjoy the perks of their jobs without any hassle.
Now, since you’ve suffered enough with your disability, the least an employer can do is to provide you reasonable accommodations to make your work life comfortable and easy. And with these accommodations, you can actually improve your productivity and make your boss proud.
If you are not getting the necessary accommodations you need to cope with your job, it is high time to remind the employers of their duties and responsibilities.
- Talk to your attorney and file a suit.
What if you filed an internal complaint, but it wasn’t taken seriously. Wouldn’t that be annoying?
So, if someone at your workplace is harassing you or your employer is not providing you with the necessary accommodation, you have a full right to file a suit against your employer. The attorneys at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC suggest exploring the circumstances and incidents with the help of experts so that you can prove the discrimination related to your disability at work.
It will include a detailed description of the harassing episodes and what happened to you at your workplace. And they will definitely stand beside you throughout the suit.
Hiring an attorney to make a strong case is your best option because they’ll handle all the legalities and will help you understand the employment law. Plus, they’ll help you gather proofs and statements to build your case. It will definitely help you make a strong claim against your employer.
Just because you are disabled doesn’t mean that you are inferior to anyone. And the ones who are constantly bullying you because it needs to be taught a lesson. But it can happen only if you decide to stand up for yourself. So, contact the attorneys out there and speak up against workplace disability discrimination, TODAY!
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