What are my disability rights in the workplace?

By Stephanie Wynn


One of the many benefits of having an official disability diagnosis is becoming eligible for support, services and protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law prohibits discrimination of persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation. There are many benefits under Title 1 of the ADA but I’d like to highlight one in particular; accommodations. In the employment sector this law requires certain employers to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or applicant that have a disability. There are guidelines and exceptions of whether the accommodation would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer that should be considered. Reasonable accommodations can be explored by the employee and employer team through the Interactive Process which allows for open discussion and discovery of how the person’s disability. Accommodations can be put into place that will help best support the person in their job.

This process can be easily accomplished and streamlined with the proper guidance and a good working relationship. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to learn more about the 30-day advocacy program that Wynn Advocacy llc. provides our adult clients in securing accommodations email us at [email protected]

Another benefit to obtaining an official diagnosis is eligibility for support, services, treatment and protection under various laws. Below is a list of just a few of these protections that can help you address some of the challenges you may be facing as an adult with autism at work, at home or in the community. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation. In terms of employment, Title I of the ADA applies to public and private employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits discrimination based on disability when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits and more. The law also requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer. If you do receive an official diagnosis, it is important to read about your rights under the ADA, especially if you feel you have been treated unfairly or even discriminated against in the workplace. If there is a “reasonable” accommodation related to the challenges you face as an individual with autism that could be put into place that may help better support you in your job, a diagnosis may help you secure that accommodation.

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