Employment Discrimination and Safety

In this Discussion, you will apply three major employment-related laws.

A major law in the United States (U.S.) related to providing equal employment opportunity is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Employers may not discriminate in any employment action, such as hiring, firing, or the terms of employment such as pay, working conditions, or privileges of employment.

Protection from discrimination based on disability was not covered by the Civil Rights Act. Instead, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 protects workers and applicants with disabilities.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) makes sure the workplace is safe for the public and employees. To help you with your Discussion responses, consult the OSHA Learning Activity.

  1. Two-thirds of accommodations for workers with disabilities cost employers less than $500. Identify at least two ways employers can provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. Provide examples.
  2. What are some advantages to an employer to provide accommodations to workers with disabilities?
  3. What are some industries that might be particularly concerned with compliance with OSHA? Why?

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