The benefits of a workplace inclusive of disabilities

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Employment Law

Minnesota workers with disabilities may face some unique challenges when performing job duties. Employers can provide accommodations for disabled employees to help them work effectively. In some cases, not providing the necessary accommodations could be considered discrimination. Employers can benefit from understanding the importance of having a disability-inclusive workplace as it benefits everyone and helps create a high-morale environment.

Inclusivity in the workplace

A work environment that’s friendly for everyone, no matter their physical or mental capabilities, can prevent hostility and reduce the chances of discrimination. Hiring employees with visible and invisible disabilities is the first step in creating a workplace that is disability inclusive. Disabled employees may require accommodations to help them work, but once given those accommodations, they can be a productive part of the team.

Employers may find that they can easily provide accommodations to disabled employees once they’re aware of the employees’ needs. Someone with mobility issues may need extra space to use their wheelchair or a job where most time is spent seated. Some employees may require additional breaks or the option to perform their work duties remotely. Employers can benefit from providing for a worker’s needs so that they’re able to perform their duties.

Help for disabled workers

Many disabled people wish to continue to work if they’re able to receive the accommodations needed. Disabled workers should speak with their employer to discuss what can be done so they’re able to perform the required job duties. If an employer does not provide certain accommodations, it could be considered discrimination. Minnesota workers who have faced discrimination due to their disability have the right to seek compensation for their damages.