Disability rights in California define disability as a condition that can hinder major life activities.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Disabled Persons Act, and the Unruh Civil Rights Act are state laws that protect the individual from and form of discrimination based on disability.
The Act further covers disabilities laws that individuals encounter now, had in the past, and may have in the future.
What is Disability Discrimination at The Workplace?
This occurs when an employer treats a qualified individual un-favorably because of disability. The discrimination can also occur from the perception the employer has about your ability to handle simple instructions at the office.
The employer may also not want to offer certain assistance to the people with disability such as special spaces for parking as required.
What Can Be Done To Avoid Disability Discrimination at the Workplace?
All employers should place the necessary rules and regulations to prevent disability discrimination in the workplaces. These rules may be applied during recruitment, salary determinations, training, promotion, termination from the workplace of people with disabilities.
The adjustments can also include providing physical office equipment such as special chairs. They, employers, can also adjust their duties to suit them but also not changing the functions essential to the specific role.
Equal Services and Housing for People With Disabilities
When it comes to housing the people with disabilities are also protected. The law prohibits any discrimination by landlords, sellers or agents towards people of disabilities. The housing policies must allow individuals with a disability to access their homes with eases.
The terms and conditions also should allow persons with a disability enjoy the recreation facilities offered in their dwellings. They must also be allowed to have any modification done in their home, when necessary, to enable them to move around with ease.
Types of Disability Discrimination
The direct discrimination involves treating an individual with a disability differently from other people. For instance, in an organization, an employer may choose not to employ a disabled person due to her disability. Another example may occur if a person is prohibited to access certain public facilities such as a restaurant due to a blindness disability and uses a guide dog.
This discrimination occurs where the rules and policies of a company apply to all employees but are different or have an unfair effect on the disabled individuals. For instance, if a public building has only one way to enter by use of stairs only favors the people who can walk, while those who use wheelchairs would not be able to access the building.
Discrimination of any kind in not only unacceptable but also punishable by law depending on where you are in the world. Disability rights are an essential tool to counter the disabled persons who might not be treated right due to their disability.
If is important to consult the relevant authority when you encounter any form of disability discrimination for the necessary action to be taken.