A recent study by researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse University reveals the extent to which disabled New York workers can suffer from discrimination in the workplace. This past fall, researchers sent fake cover letters to various employers across New York. In many of the cover letters sent, the "applicant" revealed he or she also had a disability. Researchers found that disabled individuals were 25 percent less likely to receive a callback or interview for the position. Researchers noted it was surprising, even to them, the extent to which employers discriminated against disabled applicants.
In an August blog post, we commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since it was signed into law, the ADA has helped protect and preserve the rights of millions of disabled workers to fair and equal treatment in the workplace. While the ADA lays out actions that violate its terms and provides clear directives on how employers can remain compliant, unfortunately some employers continue to discriminate against disabled workers.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 being signed into law. Prior the enaction of the ADA, millions of disabled Americans regularly and without recourse suffered acts of blatant discrimination when attempting to both secure and keep a job.