It can be crucial for businesses to act properly when it comes to their employment policies. Among the policies that can be very impactful for a company are the ones it has regarding workers with disabilities. This includes its policies regarding accommodating such workers. It also includes what rules it has for protecting such workers from discrimination.
A business could face serious things when it is accused of having failed to comply with federal laws regarding workers with disabilities. For example, the business could end up having a disability discrimination complaint brought against it to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Recent federal data indicates that 2016 saw quite a few such complaints. In the 2016 fiscal year, the EEOC received 28,073 complaints of workplace disability discrimination.
This was more complaints than the prior year saw. In fact, it was the highest annual total ever recorded. This marks the second straight year in which disability discrimination charges with the EEOC hit record levels.
The numbers also indicate that such complaints make up a good portion of the claims filed with the EEOC these days. Almost a third of all complaints of discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016 included disability-related charges.
What do you think are the main reasons for the recent rise in these kinds of claims?
When a business is facing such complaints, or other legal actions related to alleged disability discrimination, how it responds to the situation can matter greatly. So, when these sorts of matters come up for a company, it may promptly want guidance on its options from a lawyer skilled in representing businesses in employment law cases.
Source: Disability Scoop, “Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims Set New Record,” Shaun Heasley, Feb. 6, 2017