Disability Royal Commission releases another issues paper examining employment discrimination

United States Department of Defense

In the midst of growing, astronomical unemployment numbers in the era of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released another issues paper looking into understanding barriers of employment discrimination for Australians with disabilities.

A 2018 survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that over half of employees who identify as being disabled (54.3 %) were working in the labour force, compared to those without at 84.1 %.

The commission is encouraging responses into why disabled employees, including those in First Nations communities experience poorer work outcomes, wage income inequality, inaccessible workspaces, sexual harassment, language barriers, ableism and racial stigma and bias.

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