Monday, November 2, 2015
Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled
"We created people who were truly experts in that profession," said Mason Ameri, a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, who was another one of the researchers. "We thought the employer would want to at least speak to this person...."
Instead, this study "may help explain why just 34 percent of working-age people with disabilities were employed as of 2013, versus 74 percent of those without disabilities."
It is not that the disabled don't want to work, but that no one wants to hire the disabled. I had no trouble getting interviews based on my qualifications, but when I got to the interview and the symptoms became apparent, they were no longer interested.
I am fortunate that I have transferable skills and could start my own business, where clients don't know I'm disabled unless I tell them. My ex-fiancé does online tutoring from his home. But what of the assembly line worker who can't start his own business doing the same work from home?