A recent article in the New York Times revealed a disconcerting finding
and the uphill battle many face against employment discrimination. The
conclusion comes as the result of a study conducted by researchers from
Syracuse and Rutgers Universities. The researchers sent cover letters
and resumes to thousands of employers from fictitious people seeking accounting
jobs. In some of the letters the researchers revealed that the candidates
suffered from some type of disability whereas in others they did not disclose
this fact. The resumes were identical otherwise.
Roughly 26% fewer employers expressed an interest in candidates who had
revealed that they suffered a disability. One of the researchers commented,
“I don’t think we were astounded by the fact that there were
fewer expressions of interest … but I don’t think we were
expecting it to be as large.”
The study reaffirms what many qualified workers with disabilities experience
in their job searches – having a “disability” makes
it harder to find a job. In fact, the most recent statistics show that
only 34% of working age people with disabilities have a job, whereas 74%
of those without a disability do.
Further the study showed that discrimination was most pronounced in workplaces
with fewer than 15 employees — businesses that are not covered by
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Americans with Disabilities
Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).
The ADA and the ADAAA specifically prohibit employers from discriminating
against qualified individuals with disabilities in any aspect of their
jobs – this includes hiring, firing, or failing to promote. It also
requires that that your employer make an effort to reasonably accommodate
your disability. If, despite your disability, you are able to do your
job, either with no accommodation at all, or with a reasonable accommodation,
your employer must accommodate you.
For more information about the ADA or if you believe that you may have
suffered any form of disability discrimination, the dedicated Georgia
employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal LLP are here to help. Please
contact our knowledgeable
Atlanta employment attorneys now for an initial consultation.