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Employment For People With, "Special Needs"

Posted by Ask Emily on March 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

This topic is something that some people may feel is not talked about enough.  In today's economy, people are not only having trouble finding jobs, but people are losing jobs for a variety of reasons.  Most employers know, that it is against the law to discriminate against people for any reason, one of which is, "special needs".  When companies start to struggle for one reason or another, they might try just down sizing instead of closing down completely.  When companies do this, they typically start with the lowest man on the, "totem pole", and work their way up.  In some cases, companies who do take the time to hire people with, "special needs", they keep these people in entry level positions instead of promoting them, this way, those people can be let go first before other employee's.  These people are often times treated very poorly as well because some employers feel that they can get away with it.  These employers will often times try to say that the employee was let go because of budget cuts and things of that nature when in reality, it is discrimination that they think they are getting away with.  

Some employers, are really good about following the laws and giving people with, "special needs" a chance to prove that they can do the job.  Employers are obligated by law, to give their employee's accommodations within reason, to help them perform the duties of the job.  If a person with, "special needs" is not aware of this, then they can easily be taken advantage of and discriminated against, but if someone is aware of the laws and their rights and does not let the employer get away with this, and the employer denies the employee the reasonable accommodation, then the company could risk being sued for wrongful termination and discrimination.  This is not something that an employer wants to have on their record, because it stays with them forever.  When applying for a job, you might call the https://www.bbb.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Better Business Bureau (BBB), or even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and see if the company has had any discrimination complaints filed against them.  If you have ever been discriminated against as an employee by a company, you can also call these companies to file a complaint about them, so that people might know in the future that they might not want to work for them.  

Some people might prefer working from home, so that they don't have to face discrimination from co-workers or customers, and other people might even prefer working for themselves, so that they don't have to answer to anyone and they can be their own boss.  There is nothing wrong with this as long as you do your homework, and know what you are doing.  There are lots of opportunities out there if you know where to look and who to talk to.  Just because one person might tell you that you are not the right fit for the job, doesn't mean that they are right.  You just need to find the right people who believe in you and support you in your goals and dreams.

Categories: Disabilities and Special Needs, Handicap Equipment, Finances

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