As a disabled individual, you have many rights in the workplace. While you may find it difficult to land a job that you enjoy, there are many positions out there that will suit your needs.
Unfortunately, there are times when a company discriminates against disabled applicants and employees.
Do you have reason to believe that you've been the victim of workplace discrimination, resulting from your disability? Were you terminated from employment in the recent past?
If you find yourself in this position, it's important to go through a wrongful termination checklist to get a better idea of what happened in the past and what you can do to improve your situation in the future. Here are the types of questions you should answer:
- Do you have direct evidence that your termination was the result of your disability?
- Do you have evidence that the company has fired other employees in the past, such as those who were also disabled?
- Are similar groups of employees treated differently than the rest?
- Did a supervisor or any other company employee take action or make a comment that gives you reason to believe that you've been the victim of workplace discrimination?
- Are there other people within the company who are willing to speak up and provide information regarding your treatment and the terms of your termination?
It can be difficult to answer these questions, especially if you were fired from your job. Adding to this, you may not want to communicate directly with your employer, as you don't appreciate the manner in which you have been treated.
Despite your feelings, it's imperative that you take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights. Do these three things:
- Collect all the necessary information, such as evidence, to strengthen your case.
- Request that your employer provide you with written notice of the cause for termination.
- Consult with an attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
Although there are many forms of wrongful termination and workplace discrimination, acts against disabled workers continue to stand out. As somebody in this position, you have the right to protect yourself and seek compensation for damages related to your discrimination and eventual termination.