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Avoiding Pitfalls When Engaging Candidates With Disabilities  - ERE

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Candidates With Disabilities

People with disabilities are the largest minority group in our country, Yet they are also one of the most underemployed.

Although 61 million adults in the U.S. have a disability, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities increased from 7.3% to 12.6% in 2020, as compared to a 4.4%...

The most common reasons for this gap include misconceptions regarding the capabilities of individuals with disabilities, as well not knowing how to accommodate for that disability.

As a result, employers that are unsure of how to best incorporate individuals with disabilities into the work...

To avoid pitfalls, employers should prioritize understanding the various forms that disability discrimination can take, move proactively to emphasize inclusion in their hiring practices and be prepared to accommodate an employee’s disability. 

Employers may inadvertently discriminate agains...

It’s not necessary to excessively characterize or exaggerate the physical demands of a position; simply state the requirements of the position, with the knowledge that someone who applies will clarify how they can meet the requirements with ADA accommodations. 

Additionally, employers can i...

Many individuals with disabilities won’t apply for jobs that don’t relay flexibility regarding work-from-home or mention any kind of disability policy in the benefits section.

Keeping these elements in mind when crafting job postings will help encourage more inclusivity and diversity of a...

Discrimination can also occur during the interview process when interviewers may feel compelled to ask about the nature or severity of an applicant’s disabilities, such as asking about an individual’s limitations in the workplace or whether they are able to accomplish certain responsibilities.

There are many kinds of accommodations that employers can offer to be more inclusive to individuals with disabilities. Examples include:

  • Additional medical leave to give employees time to attend to their health
  • Job restructuring to ensure the employee is able to fulfill job res...

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