Tag: disabled employees

Should You Disclose Invisible Disabilities? Why or Why Not

Many workers with “invisible” disabilities, including mental health and neurological conditions, hesitate to disclose them to their employers due to fear of discrimination or bias, despite increased awareness and reduced stigma surrounding these conditions. ​​Approximately 50 million American adults live with mental, emotional, or behavioral conditions, and around 5.5 million have autism. The National Institutes […]

A Legal Guide to Navigating Mental Health Disabilities and Ableism at Work

More than 15 percent of all working-age adults live with a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are medical conditions which involve “changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these)” and “can be associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.” Mental health conditions are prevalent in the […]

How Corporate Leaders and Policy Makers Can Do More to Include Disabled Entrepreneurs

In the pursuit of fostering a diverse and inclusive economy, one group often faces a myriad of challenges that remain largely invisible to the untrained eye – individuals with disabilities. While strides have been made in recognizing and addressing the barriers faced by this demographic, there is still much work to be done to ensure […]

Building a More Inclusive Work with Elise James-DeCruise

Elise James-DeCruise is a trailblazer in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), spearheading initiatives at the Ad Council with a passion for creating inclusive environments and opportunities. In this latest installment of our long-running series on DEI leaders, we explore James-DeCruise’s insights into her journey and the impactful work being done at the […]

Why Employers Should Hire Workers Who Are Visually Impaired

As an employer, your interest is in finding a reliable and dedicated team, which may include impaired persons. However, before proceeding, you want to know whether they can keep up with the workload and work efficiently or effectively, as well as the legal obligations to adding them to your team. While doing all this, you […]

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month: 9 Reasons to Hire People with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and we celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Sadly, even in this day and age, many companies are still reluctant to hire people with disabilities because of the misguided beliefs they have about doing so. They think it will cost the organization money in extra […]

Workers with Disabilities Benefit from Tight Labor Market

One of the silver linings of the current labor market turmoil employers are facing is that those who are looking for work have found greater opportunities than perhaps at any other point in their careers. Notably, that includes groups of traditionally marginalized individuals, such as those with disabilities. New Opportunities Emerging “People with disabilities have […]

Report Quantifies ‘Low Cost, High Impact’ of Accommodating Disabled Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new report finding that nearly half of workplace accommodations made for people with disabilities can be implemented at no cost to employers, and of those that do incur a one-time cost, the median expenditure has decreased when compared to previous reports to only $300. According to the DOL, an […]

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Taking a Load Off: EEOC Cracks Down on Unlawful Accommodation Policies

A Texas-based employer has agreed to pay $2.65 million to settle a lawsuit in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed it violated federal discrimination laws by refusing to accommodate food servers with disabilities. You can avoid a similar outcome by implementing reasonable accommodation procedures.

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Who Let the Dogs in? Handling Requests for Service Animals at Work

It seems like I’m seeing more and more people with service animals—particularly “comfort animals” meant to ease anxiety or similar problems. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers must provide “reasonable accommodations” to employees with disabilities. Does that mean you must allow disabled employees to bring their pets to work? Well, it depends.