You’ve searched for a new job in New Jersey, have found a very promising prospect, and then everything goes south once you’ve had an interview face-to-face or on Zoom. Your prospective employer discovered that you’re deaf or have a significant level of hearing loss. You may have just faced employment discrimination because of your disability.
If you experience discrimination when applying for a job, it could be a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. You are considered qualified for a job if you can perform essential tasks connected with it. If you are qualified, the employer must provide you with reasonable accommodations, such as providing a sign language interpreter for meetings and similar situations.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for dealing with employment discrimination complaints. You have 180 days from the date of the incident to file a complaint, which must be done before you file a lawsuit. Plaintiffs can file through the mail, online or by going to an EEOC office.
Remedying employment discrimination
The EEOC may ask you to take specific steps such as going through mediation to determine that your rights as a deaf person have been violated. In some instances, they may also ask that you be placed in the job for which you applied. Other remedies include receiving compensatory damages or punitive damages for outright employment discrimination.
However, the EEOC isn’t always able to settle cases of employment discrimination with one of the aforementioned methods. In such cases, plaintiffs may have to resort to a lawsuit to settle their claims.
If you believe that you have been denied a job or a promotion because you are deaf or hard of hearing, working with an attorney experienced in employment law may help resolve the situation if the EEOC cannot.