The Human Resources Department Is A Critical Component Of The Health Care Workforce

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Disability Discrimination in Health Care

The Human Resources Department is a critical component in the health care workforce. They are in many ways the backbone of an organization as they handle a variety of issue that employee have. Some of the most complicated issues that Human Resources has to deal with is disability discrimination. The reason this subject is very difficult is because of the acts that protect the disabled from discrimination. First there is the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the second is the Americans with Disabilities Act. These acts cast a wide shadow over what is discrimination and what is not, but not every situation can be visibly seen as discrimination or not as there are many other factors that come into play. The Human Resources department not only has to deal with issue of internal discrimination but also discrimination in hiring practices. This department has to be knowledgeable enough to distinguish what is discrimination and what is not and help to make proper decisions that are best for the employee or job applicant and the employer.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first piece of legislation passed that started the push for anti-discriminatory practices towards disabled Americans in the workplace. This act was specifically directed towards federal employees and applicants and these provisions would not apply to other employees until the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as the ADA, was
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