Top 5 Tips for Preventing Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on July 14, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A disability discrimination lawsuit can be a major blow to any company, not just because they can be expensive to defend against, but because they can also tarnish an employer's reputation. Yet, disability discrimination claims are common, and growing. In 2015, disability discrimination made up 30 percent of EEOC bias charges, the third most common charge and an increase of six percent from the previous year.

But disability discrimination claims can be avoided. To help you out, here are our top tips for preventing workplace disability discrimination, from the FindLaw archives.

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The Department of Justice announced in 2010 that it was revising regulations to ensure accessibility and nondiscrimination online. We're still waiting to see those regs. But that doesn't mean that the ADA doesn't already apply to the Internet. It does. Here's what that could mean for you.

3. EEOC Sues Another Company Over 'Voluntary' Wellness Program

Thinking your corporate "wellness" initiative is just good company policy? Well, not everyone agrees. There's a thin line between incentivizing wellness and penalizing those who don't partake -- either because they simply don't want to or they are not capable of doing so. And if that line is crossed, you could find yourself on the wrong side of an EEOC lawsuit.

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5. 10% of Americans Have Gone to Work Stoned. What Can Companies Do?

One out of every ten American employees has gone to work while high on marijuana. And 28 percent of the workforce has worked while under the influence of a prescription drug. How you company handles drug use raises a host of legal questions, including whether your drug inquiries violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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