New Brief Assignment – Assignment Example
Teacher’s ID Americans with Disabilities Act American with disabilities act is an extensive legislative measure that protects the rights of citizens having major physical and mental impairment which hinders performance of a major life activity. Where this law appears holistic on the face of it, there are psychological aspects of its application that are ignored. This particular legislature protects the rights of Americans with disabilities in provision of employment, utilization of public transport and accommodation facilities, it does ignores addressing the social stigma that these citizens may have to face and there are no potential guidelines to deal with coercive views of general public. A recent example of it was published in a tabloid in which Smithsonian Museum had to face a law suit filed by a visitor.
The lawsuit was filed on the basis of museum refraining two brothers out of whom one was on wheelchair due to walking impairment, from using a flight simulator (Caraher n.p). a cursory analysis of this law suit indicates that the museum does not appear to be guilty as using such advanced simulation requires effective body functioning. However, the major part of this suit was a stereotypic behavior by the manager. It was found that the supervisor yelled at one brother, Jack who was in a perfectly healthy body state and was helping out his brother for the ride that Max (the disabled) brother can only use this ride if he can walk. An interesting part of this conversation was a presumption on supervisor’s part that Max had compromised cognitive abilities due to which he did not even bother to communicate with him.
A critical analysis of this situation reflects on lack of training given by employers to their workforce regarding display of sensitivity and affection to disabled individuals. Most of the organizations have policies and code of conduct in place that would ensure their compliance to ADA e.g. providing equal employment opportunities and facilitating such employees through provision of utilities. However this incident shows the need to introduce acceptance for disabled individuals in organizational culture.
There are various theories of HRM especially from humanistic school of thought that consider organizational culture and management’s principles to have significant impact of behavior and ideology of workforces. Therefore, it is imperative that management and other organizational leaders act as a role model in situations requiring display of sensitivity and emotional intellect. Another important aspect of this issue is to make employees accountable for their actions and related repercussions on organizational image. A cursory analysis may project this incident as an isolated event where employees’ actions do not reflect organizational principles. However, display of insensitive behavior does indicate missing parts in organizational policies, code of conduct and employees’ training. Where ADA protects basic rights of disabled citizens, protecting them from socially insensitive behavior appears to be the responsibilities of employers, social groups and community representatives.
A comparison of this situation with clauses of ADA and its relevance to the Vocational Rehabilitation Act 1973 illustrates that the law mainly protects rights of disabled individuals in the area of employment. As far as general attitudes are concerned, there is limited application of the given legislature when two parties are not directly involved in an employment contract. The given situation gives rise to a need for a thorough law that protects rights of disabled individuals in employment as well as general social scenarios.
Caraher, Meredith. “Wheelchair User Slaps Smithsonian Museum with Discrimination Lawsuit.” The Huffington Post. AOL Lifestyle, 19 Sep. 2013. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/artinfo/wheelchairbound-visitor-s_b_3780987.html