Tough Job Market Even Tougher For Disabled Americans

Workplace complaints alleging disability discrimination have grown steadily since the economic downturn, as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fielded a record 25,165 such complaints in fiscal 2010, McClatchy Newspapers reported on October 23, 2011. The portion of disabled Americans working has fallen from about 35 percent in the early 1980s to 21 percent today, with the jobless rate for disabled workers now exceeding 16 percent. In addition to employment discrimination, a lack of jobs and increased competition from non-disabled workers are also to blame for the difficulty disabled Americans are having.

H. Stephen Kaye, co-director of the University of California San Francisco Disability Statistics Center, told McClatchy that disabled workers lost jobs at nearly three times the rate of non-disabled workers over the last three years. Disabled workers are more likely to hold lower-paying, lower-skilled jobs, which are often the first to go in a recession, and Kaye told McClatchy that those with problems have seen their labor force participation rate fall 21 percent from October 2009 to August 2011.

Have you been denied a job opportunity because of similar discrimination? Do you have questions about how to prove discrimination? Even if an employee is not disabled but the employer believes that they are and discriminates against them, that is also illegal. Our Los Angeles employment attorney may be able to help you secure relief. Contact our office today to set up a consultation and let our firm see how we can help.

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