Disability inclusiveness in the workplace

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | employment law |

Workplace discrimination can create a hostile work environment for North Carolina employees. Discrimination based on a worker’s disability can affect that person significantly and hinder their ability to perform their job. By creating a more inclusive environment for disabled workers, employers can help those with additional needs or accommodations do their jobs proudly and to the best of their abilities.

Disability inclusiveness

Creating an inclusive environment for those with visible and invisible disabilities goes beyond simply hiring individuals who meet those parameters. An inclusive work environment helps disabled employees perform their duties in a way that’s comfortable and accessible. Around 25% of adults have some type of disability and many of those are still willing and able to work if their employer is willing to make some accommodations.

Disabled employees may require additional breaks, accommodations that allow them to do their job while sitting, or space to use a wheelchair or other mobility aid. Employers who provide an environment that allows for these accommodations can see an increase in morale in all employees. Workers who are granted these accommodations feel a sense of accomplishment that they can make a living for themselves.

Disability discrimination

Employers are required to provide a safe workplace for disabled workers within reason. Workers who have additional needs to be able to perform their work duties have the right to request that those needs be met. If an employer discriminates against a worker due to their disability, they may face legal consequences. Workers in North Carolina who believe they have faced workplace discrimination based on their disability should seek legal advice to understand their options.