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Discrimination and Lies Within Companies Who Say The are Following the ADA Rules
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Discrimination and Lies Within Companies Who Say The are Following the ADA Rules

With many of the disbabled going back to work these days, because we can still work, how many companies in the public workforce enterprise who say they are following the ADA laws are actually not hiring those in a wheelchair? I'm taking a step out to be a whistle blower here for what I have witnessed.

With do respect, many companies are hiring those on SSDI, with their ticket to work approved by Social Security and will work to keep them in the income limit. I have noticed that they would choose individuals to hire who are amongst DMD. There is nothing wrong with that. And that's how they fill their disbility requirements for hiring.

With this said, there is a difference between hiring the disabled for the state and federal requirements to fill the 20% required at your business and those who the ADA stepped into for with their laws and requirements of businesses across America.

Sam Walton, owner as we well know of Walmart and you might say half the world now, has hired ADA Lawyers for Walmart employees. One of these lawers is a personal friend of mine. This lawyer is also disabled. When I walk into my local Walmart, they have people from A-Z working there. All sorts of disabilities. One of my other friends who is also disabled who couldn't hold a job anywhere else prior to working at Walmart, has held his job there now for over two years. I'm very proud of him. Plus I have seen people with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches all working there.

I have worked for the TJ X Companies. They are the owners of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods. They comply with the ADA laws and SSDI laws. They hire every one from all walks of disablities. They hire people with wheelchairs, walkers and canes. They have them work in the warehouse with full pay and benefits.

Of all the food chains that I shop in, Wegmans and Aldis follow full ADA and SSDI laws. Both of them have wheelchair cash registers and hire those with wheelchairs to operate them. The isle's are so wide for the customers that you use your chairs, scooters plus other things that you need in them.

Many of the other food chains that I shopped at had signs up that they followed ADA laws. They were not set up for wheelchair access. Nor did I ever see anyone with a wheelchair, walker or a scooter working there. Only DMD individuals with their job coaches were working there. So that was only to look good on paper and legally. For this post, these places will remain nameless.

Some of the past places that I worked for in retail, had me sign contracts that they abide by the ADA laws and SSDI laws. On the SSDI, they were good. On the ADA, where were those individuals? Not working with us. Once again they had job coaches come in to train there employees for their DMD quota. When I asked them about hiring those with wheelchairs, they said that they can't hire them because of liability. They said that when they come to apply, we look for another reason not to hire them. They were lying to the ADA and getting away with it.

With all this said, you can also say that this is a form of discrimination too. To say that people with certain disabilites are liabilites, while those with other disabilites are not; I think that is discrimination. If you have encountered this, please advocate and speak up for yourselves. I'm also hoping this post is assistance to wheelchair users looking for employment as well.

 

 

 

All votes and comments are welcomed.

 

 

 

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  1. Akanksha
    Some good points!
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  2. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Thank you. The thing is the ADA encompasses all disability, but they have put on the forefront those with limited mobility. And the reaction from a good deal of employers is that "we are not there yet". We will hire DMD first. They can walk. For the employers who do hire from all disabilities, they go out of their way to accommodate.
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  3. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Agreed, this is a form of discrimination. I have a new one out here, Crippled By Debts , please check it out if you get a chance.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you and I voted.
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  4. natemoney
    I agree with some of this, but a lot of companies (like walmart) that hire disabled people do not treat us fairly. In my case, I feel like I was only hired to be the punching bag. Out of 12 people in my department I am the only one to ever get in trouble or coached and when I spoke up I was told I'm just too sensitive to disabled people and that I needed to get over it. I have requested accommodations and position transfers and been denied for all. Finally, regardless of my training, I was moved to a door greeter. Even though I am a bilateral above the knee amputee, I am forklift certified and capable of doing almost anything I am asked. I was forced to take the demotion and pay cut as a "only reasonable accommodation" because I said the small 4ft cash register area in lawn and garden was too small for me and my wheelchair and a second cashier. Sam Walton would have never condoned this behavior. Just because you see a company hire a disabled person plz don't assume they treat them with the same respect as everyone else.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      I understand what you are saying and I think that's discrimination too. The managers working under Sam Walton are not all that cooperative. If you want to step this up, they have lawyers who specialize in disability working for them. It's the political shoot one way or the other.
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  5. Carolyn
    Vote #9! Good luck Susan!
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