What is Disability Harassment?
Employers and co-workers cannot harass someone because they have a disability, have a history of a disability, or it is believed they have a disability, even if that person does not have one. Disability harassment occurs when offensive comments are being made by someone in the workplace about another person’s disability, history of disability, or perceived disability.
Disability harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
Examples of illegal disability harassment can include:
- Questioning contribution, value or worth on the job as a result of a disability
- Posting or telling jokes based on a person’s disability
- Verbal attacks or disrespectful, demeaning, or offensive comments
- Complaining about accommodations someone with a disability receives
- Spreading or perpetuating stereotypes about someone with mental disabilities
Who Can Be the Harasser?
Anyone in the workpace. The harasser can be your boss or supervisor, a boss or supervisor from another department, your co-workers, or even someone who does not work for the company. It is still harassment if a client, customer, or vendor, who spends time at your workplace, is being offensive, disrespectful, or hurtful.
The Walcheske & Luzi, LLC Difference
At Walcheske & Luzi, LLC it is our pledge to provide open and honest advice, taking the time to listen, counsel, and advise. We will work closely with you to determine if you are the victim of disability harassment. Tell us about your disability harassment case, we’re ready to help.
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