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Disability discrimination isn't appropriate from employers

People who have disabilities often need to find a job to support themselves. Unfortunately, there are times when these individuals were discriminated against during the hiring process or while they were employed. This had to be stopped. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the amendments to it offer protections for disabled workers, and it sets specific standards for how employers are expected to handle cases of a person who has a qualified disability.

Workplace protections in New York are extensive

The New York State Human Rights Law provides workplace protections that go beyond those provided by federal law. The Civil Rights Act protects all American workers from workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, national origin or gender, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination based on age. New York's Human Rights Law protects workers in the Empire State from discrimination based on additional factors including sexual orientation, marital status, military status, criminal arrest records and genetic characteristics.

Results of workplace discrimination survey released

Discrimination in the workplace is far more common in New York and around the country than it is in Europe according to a recent survey from Glassdoor. The review website polled workers from the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and the results suggest that discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, age or sexual orientation is more prevalent where English is the primary language. More than 6 out of 10 of the American workers surveyed and over half of the British workers polled said that they had witnessed or experienced workplace discrimination. In France and Germany, the figures fell to 43% and 37%, respectively.

Study examines workplace discrimination

Employers in New York are required by law to provide their employees with a safe working environment, and they are prohibited from discriminating against employees or potential employees on the basis of race or other protected characteristics. According to a study by Glassdoor, though, around 33% of working adults have witnessed or experienced racism at work. The study involved responses from more than 5,000 people and found that 55% of workers in the U.S. thought their companies should increase efforts toward diversity and inclusion.

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