June 15

How Can Employers Close the Autism Gap?

For the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of children born who are diagnosed with autism. About 1 in 68 children today has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Today, it is estimated that 1.5 million American adults are on the spectrum. For many of these individuals, it can be challenging to find full time employment.

A report published by the National Autistic Society has revealed that just 16% of those with autism currently work full time. Of those interviewed, only four of ten claimed they had worked in their lifetime, yet 75% of individuals with autism want to — and are willing — to work. Only 32% of individuals with autism are in some kind of paid work compared with 47% of people with a disability. With so many willing and capable of work, this is an indication that some companies are failing to recruit individuals with autism.

June 5

2 Surprising Items That are Not Illegal Discrimination

When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, much has been done to protect employees from unfair business practices. Federal and state laws exist to establish the workplace as a safe, fair, and productive environment for all members, regardless of race, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or other protected status as described in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other statutes. Despite the progress that has been made, employers are legally able to take other kinds of bias into consideration when making business decisions, such as deciding whom to hire or even interview. These forms of discrimination are legal by today’s standards.

May 23

Disability Discrimination Claims on the Rise

eraser on disabilityAccording to federal officials working for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, disability-based job bias has reached an all-time high. Compared to fiscal 2015, 28,073 complaints for disability discrimination were filed in the 2016 fiscal year — a nearly 4% increase in just 1 year. It was the second year in a row that the EEOC claims disability job bias broke a record. Overall upticks were recorded for all areas of workplace discrimination for which the commission investigates claims.