According to labor and employment data from the government, about 29 million Americans who have a disability are of the appropriate age to work in California and throughout the country. However, only about 18 percent of these disabled individuals are employed. This means that out of the nearly 30 million people who have disabilities and are of the appropriate age to work, only a little over 5 million have jobs.
Many workers in San Diego are allowed to take a sick day here and there when they need to recuperate from an illness. And when employees suffer from illnesses or injuries that require more than just a couple of days off of work, they may even be eligible to take an extended sick leave or medical leave without having to worry about losing their jobs.
Physical or mental disabilities can make certain tasks more challenging for folks in San Diego, but a disability does not necessarily mean that an individual is incapable of working.
A former Marine has filed a wrongful termination suit against the gym he claims fired him because he is a disabled veteran. The man has produced documentation showing that a manager at the facility terminated his employment because of his disability. The man experiences vision problems associated with his service and says the disability discrimination was sparked by his visit to a VA doctor in July.
As we mentioned in our previous post, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marked the 20th anniversary of its signing on Monday, July 26. When George H.W. Bush signed the law, he borrowed a line from President Ronald Reagan's speech pertaining to the fall of the Berlin wall, proclaiming, "Let the shameful walls of exclusion finally come tumbling down."
It was 20 years ago Monday that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The law's goal was to break down barriers facing people with disabilities in society and the workplace. The ADA is a broad law that is meant to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities and to prevent them from being discriminated against, much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on religion, race, sex, national origin, and other factors.
Several deaf and hard-of-hearing state employees have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against the state of California alleging pervasive discrimination in the workplace. Seven state employees are named as plaintiffs and the lawsuit seeks class action status. The plaintiffs claim that the state has violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The discrimination lawsuit seeks improvement to the state procedures for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and attorney fees.