Many Americans struggle with disability. Some are unable to work, and others may fear termination for their disability. Luckily, the government protects people with disabilities and even provides long-term benefits. If you would like to know more about disability services, keep reading.
Can You Work and Receive Social Security Disability?
Social Security disability provides money and insurance coverage for people with qualifying disabilities. While receiving benefits, you must report all income to the Social Security department, and if you make more than the allowed limit, you may not receive any benefits for that month.
Luckily, this means you can work and receive reduced disability benefits. This is excellent for people who can work part-time, and need more money to survive. You can even join a program that helps see if you're ready to start working again. Depending on how much you make, you may receive no benefits during this time, but if you realize you can't work, you'll start receiving benefits again without having to reapply.
Does Your Employer Have to Accommodate Your Disability?
The government requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations based on your disability. For example, if you require a wheelchair, a reasonable accommodation is adding a wheelchair ramp. However, if the accommodations will put an undue hardship on the business (like major financial impacts), the employer may be allowed to refuse the accommodation.
In addition, the employer doesn't have to choose the exact accommodation you want. As long as the accommodation works, the employer can choose what to add. In the above example, an employee may request a ramp, but the employer may choose to install a wheelchair lift because of limited space.
Accommodations include more than just physical changes to the building. You may need to adjust your schedule to part-time or be moved to a different position. Other examples include providing readers, job restructuring, and modifying policies.
Can Your Employer Fire You for Your Disability?
Technically, your employer can't fire you for a disability because of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They also cannot discriminate against you for your disability. As long as reasonable accommodations can be made, the employer cannot legally fire the employee for being unable to perform their work.
However, if the courts determine the accommodations put a hardship on the business, you can be legally fired for being unable to perform the job.
If you're disabled, you have rights. For long-term disabilities, the government provides Social Security benefits, and your employer must work with you to accommodate your disability before considering termination. If you would like to know more, contact disability services in your area today.