Dealing with a chronic condition can take a toll on our lives in many ways, including making it difficult to keep up with work and providing for our families. But sometimes, the most challenging part of dealing with a debilitating illness is the discrimination we face from others.
Whether it’s being passed over for promotions or not being able to get hired because of our illness, discrimination can make an already difficult situation even harder. Despite laws that exist to protect employees from this type of behavior, it is still present in many workplaces.
Proving discrimination in the workplace
The American Disabilities Act protects those with disabilities from discrimination. In particular, Title I requires employers with more than 15 employees to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees and ensure they are eligible for all the same opportunities. For example, an employee recovering from a lengthy illness can expect their workplace to allow them the opportunity to take short rest breaks.
However, experiencing discrimination in the workplace is an unfortunate reality for many individuals with disabilities. It can be difficult to recognize the subtle signs, leaving many confused and frustrated. It’s essential to recognize the signs that you are facing discrimination at work.
For instance, you may have your job duties or working hours changed without explanation or be passed up for promotions despite having the same qualifications as other employees. You might also hear co-workers commenting negatively about you or notice a sudden change in how you’re treated compared to other employees.
If you suspect that your employer is discriminating against you due to a disability, there are several measures that you can take. Start documenting any events dates and times so there will be evidence in the event of legal proceedings. By pursuing justice, you can ensure your rights and the rights of others are protected.