People in California may benefit from learning more about how the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines disability discrimination in the workplace. This type of discrimination occurs when an employer or other organization that is subject to the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act or Rehabilitation Act treats someone unfavorably due to a disability. According to the EEOC, mistreating someone for having history of a disability or a temporary disability is considered to be discrimination.
Federal law requires employers provide reasonable accommodation to people with disabilities unless it creates an undue hardship. The acts also prohibit employers from discriminating against disabilities in any aspect of employment, making it unlawful to harass an employee or a job applicant for having any past, permanent or temporary disability.