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Disabled workers could be at risk of workplace discrimination

Dealing with a medical condition, permanent injury or other disability can make life more difficult for many people. However, having a disability does not mean that an individual is inferior to others, and often, many people with certain conditions can carry out many of the same tasks as able-bodied individuals, though certain accommodations may be necessary. When an employee faces workplace discrimination due to a disability, it can feel unfair and insulting.

California residents may be interested in one out-of-state man’s case involving such discrimination. Reports indicated that the man worked as a container cleaner since 2016. However, after over a year of work, the man requested a change from working a midnight shift to working a day shift due to his having a medical condition. Information on that medical condition was not given in the report.

After his request, the man was dismissed from his job, and he believes it was an act of disability discrimination. As a result, he has filed a claim against the company for which he used to work, citing damages that include lost wages, humiliation and emotional distress. He is hoping to obtain over $100,000 in compensation if his case proves successful.

Many people with disabilities may fear that others will look at them or treat them differently. Unfortunately, this type of scenario often happens. However, when the situation involves workplace discrimination, individuals may have reason to fight back against wrongful actions. If California residents believe that they have been unfairly treated due to a disability, they may wish to find out more information on their legal options.

Source: wvrecord.com, “Tank cleaner accuses former employers of disability discrimination“, Lhalie Castillo, March 23, 2018

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