You might have spotted someone with multiple sclerosis who looked “normal” but was using a parking space that was reserved for persons with disabilities.
You might have seen a student with a learning disability request extra time for an exam and wondered whether the claimed disability was legitimate.
Bill in the construction crew has to take a break twice a day to take an insulin shot, which sometimes frustrates other workers, because they think he is getting extra breaks in violation of union policies.
These are fictional situations, but millions of Americans suffer from hidden disabilities or health conditions that can affect their workplace routines.
No one really knows for sure whether someone has an invisible disability unless it is disclosed.
Moreover, people must formally disclose their disabilities to receive accommodations in school or at work.
John from accounting is curious to know why Mark takes pills three times a day.
He doesn't know Mark suffers from a rare heart condition.
According to statistical charge data, 26,653 discrimination claims related to non-obvious disabilities were filed with the federal agency in 2011, and 29,281 claims were filed in 2015, Administrative Law Judge John Henderson said.
15 — A significant uptick in charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicates a large number of employees with invisible disabilities have issues in the workplace.