There was an article about a case of Deaf applicant suing Toy "R" Us for not providing an ASL interpreter for the group interview. So, why would Toy "R" Us want to pay out of their own pocket for an ASL interpreter if they weren't sure they were going to hire a Deaf applicant? Think about it. They couldn't afford to throw away their money on an expensive ASL interpreter just for the interview. The money issue is completely irrelevant to Deaf applicants because they don't pay. Now, you wonder why the VR services would have to provide ASL interpreters even though the so-called law says it's the actually employers' responsibilities.
Let's just say, for instance, you are considering to hire one of two licensed painters for your new home. One of them is an able-bodied painter, and the other one is without legs from knees down. You realize both of them are equally very good and well-qualified for the painting job. If you hire a disabled painter, you would have to spend more money on a high ladder and other equipment to accommodate that person to make sure he or she can get the job done. On the other hand, if you hire a non-disabled painter, you'd know it wouldn't cost you a thing except your payment for the job done. Now, if you can be honest with yourself, which one would you prefer? I'm gonna let you answer that one for yourself.
The same is true for most companies.
Hiring employers will always say no when you request an ASL interpreter concerning their money...no matter what the law says. They just won't do it...in a subtle way, of course.
This is not to say you would have to stay down and let them get away with discrimination, but employers being burdened with accommodation responsibilities just doesn't work. They know the law requires them to accommodate Deaf employees at their expenses, so they just choose not to hire us. For that reason, it puts more and more Deaf people out of work.
It's not fair to Deaf applicants because it does not make them look good in job competition. Hiring companies are always baiting the biggest and the best fish they can find. They are not hiring someone because of what they can do for that person, they are hiring someone because of what that person can do for them. It's something that all Deaf applicants need to keep in mind when they are applying for a job. To compete against hearing people in this economy is seriously intense!
The real question is, why couldn't the government have enforced the law that they would be the responsible ones to provide accommodations to all persons with disabilities in workplace? Wouldn't that make job opportunities more accessible to us in the first place?
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