When Florida employees are at work, they have certain rights and expectations. For example, no worker should experience mistreatment at the hands of his or her boss or coworkers. Unfortunately, disabled workers often find themselves subjected to treatment that is unfair and unacceptable.
Disability discrimination is a real problem, and victims may not be sure what their rights are or what they can do to fight back. If you think you are experiencing harassment or discrimination because of your disability, you do not have to suffer in silence or live in fear of what will happen next. There are state and federal laws that protect you, and it is possible to hold your employer accountable for what you are experiencing.
Your rights in the workplace
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects your rights in the workplace. You may have a disability, but that does not mean that you cannot work or do not add value to your employer. Any accommodations that you need are not an inconvenience; it is your right to have a work environment that allows you to do your job. Some of the things outlined by the ADA include the following:
- The law requires employers to provide workers with reasonable accommodations necessary for their limitations.
- Employers cannot display discrimination toward employees who have disabled family members, including children or spouses.
- Discrimination toward disabled workers is not acceptable when hiring, firing, promoting, training and reviewing applicants.
- Harassment in the workplace can include disparaging remarks toward a person because of his or her disability or limitations.
- It is against the law for employers to allow the development of a hostile work environment or to allow disability discrimination from other employees.
- Employers cannot cause their employees to experience undue hardship because of their disabilities.
These are only some of the protections provided to you by the ADA. You don't have to know the law by heart or understand every provision to know when you are experiencing illegal treatment at work. If you think you may be a victim of discrimination, it's important to act quickly to learn more about your legal rights.
With legal help, it is possible to hold your employer accountable for the treatment you've received at work. It may help to first seek an evaluation of your case in order to understand what steps you may need to take next. You do not have to be afraid to use your voice to speak out against mistreatment and assert your rights as a disabled individual in the workplace.