Elsa Sallard was hired by Starbucks to work as a barista, but was fired soon afterwards. Starbucks is accused of violating federal law by denying reasonable accommodation to the barista with dwarfism and firing her because of her disability.
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If you are Catholic, then the “Blessed Sacrament” is part of every Mass. Receiving the Holy Communion is an important part of Catholic, and other Christian, beliefs. What if a priest were to decide you were not able to comprehend what Holy Communion means? Can a priest look inside to read a person’s heart and make such a judgment call? Well, one priest in Texas did just that and refused to give communion to a child with cerebral palsy.
Discrimination still happens in the workplace. People with disabilities have struggled with obtaining full equality, and fair treatment. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was passed not only just to provide equal access, but also to “level the playing field” for people with disabilities – and this includes the workplace.
According to the organization, Models for Diversity, a volunteer only group, discrimination in the modeling & fashion industry has been a problem since the 60’s when the beautiful but super skinny Twiggy first graced the catwalks. From that moment on the Industry set a standard… an unrealistic standard that is not in tune with the modern woman.
There is long-standing tension between the medical and disability communities.
This tension exists for good reasons, including: a history of absolutely atrocious treatment of people with disabilities by the medical field, continued discrimination in places of medical treatment and by medical professionals, and the way that all of society has adjusted to the notion perpetuated by the medical community (whether intentional or not) that disability is an individual problem that must be cured through medical treatment.
Unemployment rate is high and on the minds of hundreds of individuals – specifically for those individuals who are out of work and those who are looking for jobs. For the disability population, the unemployment rate is higher. What is interesting is when the economy is bad, claims for workplace discrimination increases.