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Disability discrimination mustn't be tolerated

It is difficult to go to work when you are sick and aren't feeling well. Now, think about people who have chronic medical conditions and those who are fighting a very serious illness. These individuals will often decide that they need to continue working as long as possible.

While many employers try to make it as easy as possible for people with these conditions to do their jobs, there are some who make life as difficult as possible for them. This is a troubling situation because it can lead to harassment and discrimination for an employee who is already going through so much.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, protects workers with certain health conditions from discrimination in a variety of circumstances. Not all employees are covered under the ADA, but those who have disabilities that impact them severely do qualify.

It is important to note that the ADA will only cover you if your employer knows that you have a disability. You can't hide the disability and then claim that you didn't get the accommodations that you needed.

Reasonable accommodations

Employers are required to give reasonable accommodations to employees who qualify and need them to be able to work. In order to be considered reasonable, the accommodation can't be difficult or expensive as both of those factors could mean the accommodation is considered unreasonable.

Some examples of reasonable accommodations include modified work schedules, magnification equipment for people who have eye conditions that make it hard to read a computer screen, and similar equipment or offerings. These aren't expensive and don't place a hardship on the employer.

Taking action if there is discrimination

If you think that you have been discriminated against based on your disability, you can take action. The exact plan that you need to follow depends on the circumstances. Some employees might feel comfortable speaking to the employer about the issue, but others might not.

You do have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about the matter. This government agency investigates these complaints, but you only have a limited amount of time to file the complaint so make sure you act quickly when you realize that discrimination is occurring.

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