Disability Discrimination : Disabled People With Disabilities

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Jessie Eddins
Ms. Faris
English IV
16 May 2017
Disability Discrimination
In 2010, 19% of the U.S. population had a disability (“Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S., Census Bureau Reports”) and there is no doubt that today, in 2017, that number has increased. The first act that protected the civil rights of people with disabilities was not passed until 1973 (“What U.S. federal legislation protects the rights of students with disabilities?”). In 2015, there were 26,968 disability cases received by the EEOC (“EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data”). Although there are many acts and laws in place protecting the rights of disabled people, there needs to be harsher punishments and violation fines in order
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federal legislation protects the rights of students with disabilities?”). These numerous acts have all helped provide protection in both the workplace and in the community.
There is so much that an employer and employee has to understand and know if they are going to hire, or work as, a disabled person. If a person has a medical condition, that does not mean that they are protected by the law. A person has to be qualified for the job and classify in one of the three ways to be protected by law for having a disability (“Disability Discrimination”).“A person may be disabled if he or she has a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity, has a history of a disability such as cancer that is in remission, or is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor” (even if he or she does not have such an impairment) (“Disability Discrimination”). Firing, demoting, or cutting someone 's pay because they are disabled is discrimination and is against the law as well as being discriminated because someone has a family member or is married to someone with a disability (“Disability Discrimination”). Employers have to keep all medical records and information of
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