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Protections from workplace discrimination as a disabled person

As a person with disabilities, you may often feel worried about highlighting your personal needs in the workplace. It's probable that you do not enjoy drawing attention to how your disabilities alter your working environment, and the fact that you need adjustments made so that your working experience is a comfortable one. However, it is important to know that being provided with reasonable accommodations in the workplace is your legal right as a disabled person in the workplace.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was formed in 1990, and was designed to prevent the discrimination of disabled people in the workplace, provide them with legal grounds to make a claim if they do experience discrimination and give them the legal right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

What are reasonable accommodations?

Reasonable accommodations are small things that your employer has the responsibility to do in order to make your working experience a safe and comfortable one. This could be installing a wheelchair ramp on the stairs, making sure that you have a computer screen that is optimal for your needs or modifying your work schedule so that it is more compatible with your disability.

Is the ADA relevant to me?

If you are working for a company that employs 15 people or more for at least 20 weeks, the ADA applies to you as an employee. You will be protected from discrimination through any interaction you have with the employer, from the moment you start the application process.

If you believe that you may have been discriminated against as a disabled person in Maryland, it is important to take action in understanding your rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Disability Discrimination and the Law," accessed April 27, 2018

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