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CA employment lawyerThe job field is competitive for workers in the San Jose area, with numerous qualified candidates eager to fill positions. If you are a disabled person, it may feel like you are at a distinct disadvantage in terms of obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. While unfair labor practices are still rampant, there are numerous employment laws in place to protect you against disability discrimination. The following highlights important information you need to be aware of to defend yourself and your rights.

Protection Against Disability Discrimination on the Job

According to the Pew Research Center, close to 40 million Americans suffer some type of disability. While some of these are unable to work, physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments that prevent them from working or performing even simple daily tasks, more than half play a vital role in performing a variety of different types of jobs.

Unfortunately, those with disabilities face numerous obstacles in the workplace. For one, Pew reports that they are likely to earn less than other workers. Even getting hired by a potential employer may be a challenge, but the Employment Development Department (EDD) provides services in San Jose and throughout California to help you obtain job skills and employment. It is also important to be aware that throughout the process, there are both state and federal laws in place to protect you.

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