Supervisors and coworkers might underestimate you or treat you too delicately. Or even make you feel awkward or cold. It is impossible to control other people’s opinions and attitudes. You can however take steps to improve workplace social relations.
Talk about your condition and any needs. People often stigmatise people with disabilities because they don’t understand or aren’t aware of the condition. It might be helpful for others to talk about your disability. You could, for example, let your coworkers be aware that you have autism and struggle to read nonverbal cues. Don’t divulge information unless you feel comfortable.
Get acquainted with your coworkers. Find common interests, hobbies, or life experiences. Your coworkers will soon see beyond your disability and realise that you aren’t as significant.
Discrimination refers to being treated less favourably due to your disability. Discriminatory behavior at work can be either intentional or unintentional. It may also be illegal depending on where you live. Here are some examples of discrimination against persons with disabilities:
- You are being harassed by your coworkers.
- Disability can lead to you being fired, demoted, denied promotion, or even demotivated.
- Your employer refuses reasonable requests and accommodations to meet your needs as an employee
What can you do if discrimination occurs at work? It all depends on the situation.
Could it have been an accident? Talk to the person about the incident. They may be able to apologise and make amends.
Was it a coworker? Let your employer know. They may be able to assist by reassigning the coworker on a different shift.Are you experiencing discrimination? Your employer may not be able to resolve the problem. Find out your rights and how to file a formal complaint.