Having a disability is something that many Florida residents have had to come to terms with over the course of their lives. Some disabilities may have existed since birth, while some are the result of injuries sustained later in life. No matter the case, employees should not face discrimination based on their disabilities. If an individual believes that he or she has been discriminated against, he or she may be able to take legal action.
It was recently reported that the number of disability discrimination claims have declined in recent years. For two years in a row the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, has reported that there were fewer discrimination claims based on disability than in the previous year. There were over 500 fewer claims in the fiscal year 2014 than in 2013.
However, claims are still being filed in considerable numbers. In fact, it was noted that almost 5,000 disability discrimination claims had favorable results for the parties who filed the complaints. The chairperson for the EEOC stated that the commission is dedicated to working toward resolving discrimination claims in order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the workforce.
In many ways, numerous people have been able to overcome the disabilities with which they have to contend. When one manages to overcome a disability only to then face discrimination in the workplace, devastation can be the result. Therefore, Florida workers who have been subjected to actions that they feel were discriminatory may benefit from obtaining information on how to file a disability discrimination claim.
Source: disabilityscoop.com, "EEOC Reports Fewer Disability Discrimination Claims", Shaun Heasley, Feb. 11, 2015