Post by Lαrα on Jun 16, 2014 3:01:43 GMT -8
It can be challenging enough managing your health issues and maintaining your job without added difficulties that can be presented to you via discrimination. It is important that your employer follows guidelines that are set out by the law in respect of reasonable adjustments and discrimination.
Most countries around the world now have laws against disability discrimination. No one should be disadvantaged at work because of their disability in ANY way. Some employers can be quite ignorant of the law and guidelines that they should be working within but this isnt an excuse. It should be part of their job once they are aware that they have an employee who has a disability to find out their responsibility in this area.
In general it should be against the law for an employer (check the law within your country):
to harass you if you are disabled, for example, by making jokes about your disability
not to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace to enable you to work or to continue to work.
to treat you less favourably because of your disability - including recruitment and selection, terms and conditions, dismissal and redundancy.
to discriminate directly against you if you are disabled or because you are associated with someone who is disabled, for example, your partner or child.
to victimise you if you take legal action because of discrimination against you, or if you help someone else to take legal action because of discrimination.
It is your right that your employer puts reasonable adjustments in place. My advice is to help your employer out a little here and guide them to what you may need. Advice from your specialist may also be helpful.
Examples of the types of adjustments that an employer might make include:
making physical adjustments to the premises
transferring you to a different post or work place
supplying special equipment to help you do your job
altering your hours of work or giving you extra time off.
Giving you additional break times to accommodate taking medication or catheterization
It is worth considering though that if someone is still struggling to carry out their job to the expected standard after all the required reasonable adjustments have been implemented, this may become a problem for you.
Here are some links that you may find helpful!
Australia: Australian Disability Act 1992
United States of America: Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
United Kingdom: Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (includes updates)
Canada: Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2002) (only in Ontario, no other province has disability protection)
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