A recent employment discrimination case sheds light on the toll disability discrimination can take on people who already struggle with debilitating lifelong illnesses.
The plaintiff in the Brown v. Kelly Servs., Inc. case in New Jersey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) about a year after a promotion at her employer, an employment services agency. That’s when her troubles began – though Brown needed special furniture, such as an ergonomically correct workstation, and revised work responsibilities to allow her to continue working, her employer refused to provide them. In addition, other co-workers without disabilities who asked for furniture were given the furniture without question. The agency that employed Brown even gave her more face-to-face sales calls to complete, which impacted her ability to work at all.