Hiring discrimination against people with disabilities under the ADA: Characteristics of charging parties

Brian T. McMahon, Richard Roessler, Philip D. Rumrill, Jessica E. Hurley, Steven L. West, Fong Chan, Linnea Carlson

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Abstract

Introduction: This article describes findings from a causal comparative study of the characteristics of Charging Parties who filed allegations of Hiring discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) between 1992 and 2005. Methods: Charging Party Characteristics derived from 19,527 closed Hiring allegations are compared and contrasted to 259,680 closed allegations aggregated from six other prevalent forms of discrimination including Discharge and Constructive Discharge, Reasonable Accommodation, Disability Harassment and Intimidation, and Terms and Conditions of Employment. Tests of Proportion distributed as chi-square are used to form comparisons along a variety of factors including age, gender, impairment, and ethnicity. Results: Most allegations of ADA job discrimination fall into the realm of job retention and career advancement as opposed to job acquisition. Hiring allegations, however, tend to be filed by Charging Parties who are disproportionately male, younger or older applicants, white, and coping with physical or sensory disabilities. Conclusion: Prevailing theories about stigma suggest that negative attitudes are more prevalent toward persons with behavioral disabilities. However, this study provides clear evidence that one behavioral manifestation of negative attitudes, Hiring discrimination, is more often directed at persons with physical or sensory impairments. More outreach regarding ADA rights appears indicated for individuals who share the aforementioned characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-132
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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