Understand Disabled Workers Rights
Discrimination against people with disabilities is something that should never happen in our society. Those who live with a disability should be protected and empowered, not belittled. Unfortunately, there are still too many cases of exploitation and discrimination in the workplace of people with a mental or physical handicap.
Luckily, there is federal legislation that should ensure the protection of disabled workers and guarantee equal rights for all people. If you or someone you know is facing disability-based discrimination in the workforce, it is essential that you are informed about the potential compensation available.
What Counts as Disability Discrimination?
The Australian Human Rights Commission states that disability discrimination occurs “when a person is treated less favourably, or not given the same opportunities as others in a similar situation because of their disability”. An example of this would be if the best candidate for a job was not hired due to his or her disability.
Indirect discrimination is just as prevalent in the workforce. Indirect discrimination is when rules and conditions are applied by an employer which disadvantages some people because of their disability. Indirect discrimination can be subtle and harder to recognise, however, it can be just as devastating for the victims.
How Are Disabled Workers Protected?
Disabled persons are protected by federal legislation that acts to ensure that physically and mentally disabled people are not discriminated against by employers. The Disability Discrimination Act of 1992 makes it illegal to discriminate against a person in various spheres of public life, including in the workplace. The act covers people with both temporary and permanent disabilities including physical, intellectual, neurological, sensory, learning and psychosocial disabilities, diseases or illnesses, physical disfigurement, medical conditions and work-related injuries. The DDA also includes disabilities that people have had in the past, potential future disabilities and disabilities that people are assumed to have.
Have You Been Discriminated Against?
If you feel that you have been discriminated against due to your illness or disability, you may want to seek the advice of compensation lawyers . Employers that stand in violation of the Disability Discrimination Act need to be held accountable for the way that they have unfairly treated their employees. Before consulting with your lawyers, gather any documentary evidence of discrimination or any other relevant workplace information.
At Dwyer Law Group, we can provide advice and assistance if you are seeking to be fairly compensated for the hardships you have suffered. Our team of honest, reliable and empathetic compensation lawyers strive to assist all workers on the Gold Coast. We have a strict no win, no fee policy for all our clients, helping to ensure a fair and equitable legal process for you.
Don’t put up with disability discrimination in the workplace. Contact Dwyer Law Group for an initial consultation today.