Disability and Philosophy: Applying Ethics in Circumstances of Injustice
J Med Ethics 2016 42: 35-36.
3 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016 Last revised: 21 Jul 2016
Date Written: December 7, 2015
Despite antidiscrimination laws, disability discrimination remains ongoing. A recent field experiment in the USA indicates that employers are significantly more reluctant to interview qualified applicants with disabilities, whether physical or mental. This reluctance is especially noticeable among smaller employers and for more experienced job applicants. Such barriers impede people with disabilities from work, economic self-sufficiency, employer provided health insurance, and more generally full participation in the societies in which they live. These impediments, in short, are a serious problem of justice and yet another indication that we live in an imperfect world in which non-ideal and partial compliance theorising about justice is imperative.
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