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I am responding to a recent letter by a physician who stated that there are a large number of people on Social Security disability who could be employed but choose to rely on the disability payments rather than work.
I would simply like to point out that regardless of laws against discrimination due to disabilities, this practice is very much alive.
I recently applied for a part-time position at a local family restaurant chain and was told by the manager that the only reason he would not hire me is that he could not "take the risk." My disability would require a very simple, cost-free accommodation that puts no one or nothing at the employer's business at risk.
This problem is clearly not the applicant's responsibility, but the employer who chooses not to comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity laws.
First Published September 5, 2012 12:00 am