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USA: Sharp rise in employment disability discrimination claims

Posted 20/1-11 at 19.37

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that charges of disability discrimination rose by about 17 percent last year to 25,165 claims.

The spike in disability claims began in the months after Congress approved changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2009. The changes made it easier for people with treatable conditions like epilepsy, cancer or mental illness to claim they are disabled.

The unemployment rate for disabled workers is 14.3 percent, compared with 8.9 percent for non-disabled people, according to the most recent Labor Department figures. That disparity could be another reason for the high number of disability bias charges, said Robin Shaffert, senior director of corporate social responsibility for the American Association of People with Disabilities.




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