With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, disabled workers gained expanded legal protections against employers who engage in discriminatory hiring practices.
So, what are some of the risks of not hiring a disabled worker?
1. You might be passing over a highly motivated portion of the population. Due to the difficulty of their job search alone, disabled employees are often eager to get started on the job, and especially thankful for the opportunity.
2. You might be limiting the diversity of your company. One of the worst things to be accused of today is being prejudiced, and actions speak louder than words. It’s extremely attractive when a company will accommodate a worker with special needs. The public will gain a better understanding of the type of business that you’re running and the morals that you uphold.
3. You might not be showing the community your values. Undoubtedly, there will be organizations in any company’s local area that support equal employment opportunities for the disabled, as well as community members who are passionate about the cause due to a disabled loved one. Those who care about this cause will choose the establishment that mirrors their values.
There are also intangible benefits to hiring a disabled person, such as the knowledge that your company is giving someone an opportunity to do something that they might have never thought they’d be able to do.
Can you think of any more reasons why not hiring a disabled worker can be risky?
Leave them in a comment!