Disability Discrimination: What You Can Do to Fight Back

Know your rights. If you think you are a victim of disability discrimination, here’s what you can do.

Check for discrimination

There are plenty of ways your employer may be discriminating against you due to your disability. For instance, direct discrimination refers to all those times you were treated less favorably because of your disability, in the way that someone without a disability wasn’t, The Guardian says. Indirect discrimination, on the other hand, can refer to any policies, rules or procedures or even a requirement or two that are in place and that impact on you because of your disability. The rules, policies or procedures may get in the way of you receiving a higher salary, getting promoted or more.

Resolve it informally

One thing you can do to fix the situation is to talk to your manager informally. Discuss your concerns. That can help pave the way for a much-needed conversation that could change those rules or policies.

File a complaint

If the talk doesn’t solve anything, you can always file a formal complaint with the HR. But if the matter goes unresolved, then that may not be the best avenue to help you pursue change and justice. In some cases, though, employees who file a complaint may end up getting unfairly dismissed, as a result of a retaliatory move by the management.

Hire a lawyer

If you think you’ve been a victim of disability discrimination, then hire a lawyer to help you. Find someone who’s championed many of these kinds of cases before. With a pro who knows the ins-and-outs of the local legal system, you can look forward to a better outcome in court.

Fight for your rights. Don’t let discrimination be the norm. Get the professional help you need by hiring a seasoned lawyer represent you in court.

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