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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Reasons for Deaf employees being fired
Here are common six factors for firing Deaf employees. All of those are discrimination against deafness. Here are the reasons for their firing:
1. Not able to complete required tasks due to a lack of reasonable accommodation like a fax machine, computer, video call relay, ASL interpreter, or text messaging (which as a mean to communicate with co-workers and managers).
2. Employers are tired of communicating with Deaf employees. Not that Deaf workers can't communicate, but employers do not like to take their time to write down the notes or talk directly to their Deaf employees who read lips.
3. They are fired because they can't hear. Their job descriptions say they must be able to hear well to perform a job. For instance, a couple of years ago, a Deaf lifeguard was fired because she was deaf, and a new policy required all lifeguards to be able to hear in case someone was screaming for help in the water.
4. Conflicts with co-workers. Deaf and hearing co-workers do not get along well. A hearing co-worker lies to their boss about a deaf co-worker for any reason just to get him or her in trouble, and the boss chooses to believe their hearing employee over the deaf worker. During dispute, the employer often takes hearing employee's side instead of deaf employee.
5. Companies do not have enough money to pay their employees and decide to lay off some "unwanted" employees including the one who is deaf. They will keep the ones who are considered the most "qualified".
6. For requesting an ASL interpreter for on-the-job training program.
Any thoughts? Does anyone have similar experience to any of these lists? If anyone has anything else that is not listed above, please post away! I believe there may be more than what is listed here.