The Business of Employing People with Disabilities: Four Case Studies

Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 3, 2006

16 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012 Last revised: 28 Sep 2013

Alexander A. Boni-Saenz

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Allen W. Heinemann

Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

Deborah S. Crown

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Linda L. Emanuel

Northwestern University

Date Written: June 1, 2006

Abstract

This exploratory study examines employer attitudes towards people with disabilities in the labor market. Through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with senior management, human resources staff, directors of diversity, and hiring managers at four corporations, it pinpoints reasons why businesses chose to hire people with disabilities, investigates the perceived benefits and barriers to hiring people with disabilities, and identifies strategies for successfully hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. It fills a gap in examining the attitudes and decision-making processes of U.S. companies that have been leaders in hiring people with disabilities, as well as delving into the special issues of small businesses that may lack exposure to disability employment. It closes with directions for future studies that could extend our understanding of employment of people with disabilities.

Keywords: disability, employment, business decision-making, ADA

Suggested Citation

Boni-Saenz, Alexander A. and Heinemann, Allen W. and Crown, Deborah S. and Emanuel, Linda L., The Business of Employing People with Disabilities: Four Case Studies (June 1, 2006). Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 3, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127500

Alexander Antonio Boni-Saenz (Contact Author)

Chicago-Kent College of Law ( email )

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

Allen W. Heinemann

Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine ( email )

Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Deborah S. Crown

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago ( email )

345 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Linda L. Emanuel

Northwestern University ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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