Milwaukee PBS has been a regular part of our city's broadcast media for nearly six decades. The TV station recently aired a report on Newshour that highlighted an issue important to many of our readers: disability discrimination in the workplace.
A world of information is online, but if the information isn't accessible to everyone, is it really useful? And are there steps that can be taken to make the information accessible to everyone?
It was originally a pot in which different types of metals were melted and combined. Today, we refer to America as a melting pot where different cultures, ethnicities, races, religions and more are blended.
Milwaukee employers and employees alike generally understand that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits workplace discrimination based on physical limitations. But does the ADA also protect workers with mental conditions from discrimination and harassment?
A Wisconsin woman was hired as a counselor with a full year of probation for her employer to judge her job performance. Based on mixed evaluations, her supervisor recommended against retaining the woman beyond that first year.
It is the nation's largest retailer and employer. It is, of course, Wal-Mart. Like every other corner of America, the Milwaukee area has several of the retail giant's stores. Because it is the biggest, it's a good idea to watch how Wal-Mart treats its employees. The company recently settled a legal claim filed by two former workers who accused it of several employment law violations, including racial discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) infractions and retaliation. The former employees also said a hostile work environment permeated the store.
In a rough and tumble political season, it seems possible that most people - regardless of party preference - agree that Americans with disabilities "have the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen." Those are the words of President Obama in his recently issued proclamation that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.The president said that too often in U.S. history, people with disabilities have wanted to work, but were not offered jobs, or they faced discrimination in the workplace. But he notes that significant progress has been made and that with ongoing effort, more employees will be accepted for who they are and that no one will be "unable to pursue their dreams because of a disability."
If you drive north of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan for about an hour and a half, you will come to Manitowoc, a vacation spot dear to many of our city's residents. It is also home to Orion Energy Systems, a lighting and power technology company, and the focus of a recent federal court decision.
He is associate medical director at one of the nation's largest insurance companies, but he has a perspective on disabilities and employer accommodations that might surprise a few of our readers. Dr. Michael Lacroix recently wrote an article in which he described the moaning and groaning he has heard from employers unhappy with their obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.