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Is Disability Discrimination Affecting Your Job in New Jersey?

Even though Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, subtle forms of discrimination against the disabled persist. Some employers continue to discriminate against people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities in hiring, pay, promotion and termination decisions. This camouflaged discrimination occurs, for example, when an employer imposes physical requirements that actually are irrelevant to the performance of the job.

According to the New Jersey attorney general, the factors that cannot play a role in employment decisions include disabilities that are obvious (the need to use a wheelchair, for example) as well as those that are invisible (HIV status). Unequal treatment of people with disabilities includes:

  • Lower pay for the same work — It is illegal to pay a disabled person less than his or her coworkers merely because of the disability.
  • Failure to promote — It is illegal to pass over an employee for a promotion strictly because of the employee’s disability.
  • Teasing and harassment — Employers have a duty not to create or allow a hostile work environment for employees with disabilities.
  • Failure to accommodate — An employer must provide reasonable adaptations to the work and workplace to accommodate employees with disabilities.

If you are suffering discrimination because of a disability, you need to speak with an employment law firm. Successful litigation can recoup lost income for you, and help create a fairer workplace for other people with disabilities.

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Neil H. Deutsch
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