Discrimination against the handicapped is prevalent throughout the public and private sectors of our society.
Prejudice that stems from fear of the unknown and a lack of understanding regarding the nature of a person’s handicap often shapes how normal people view such individuals, and most often are unable to see past a person’s handicap to discover he or she is a real person who is really not much different from anyone else.
Bias against the handicapped is very commonplace in the workplace. Fortunately for the gainfully employed handicapped, employee laws are in place to protect their rights.
Under Colorado employment law, a person is disabled if:
Handicapped discrimination can take on many forms. A few examples include:
Under Title I of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are prohibited from discriminating against a handicapped or disabled employee.
Employers with more than 15 employees must provide handicapped/disabled employees with equal opportunities to the same employment-related opportunities as those available to others.
In addition, employers must make reasonable accommodations to known mental or physical limitations of otherwise qualified persons with a handicap/disability, unless it causes undue hardship.