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Citation:  Unger, D., Rumrill, P. D., Roessler, R. T., & Stacklin, R. (2004). A comparative analysis of employment discrimination complaints filed by people with multiple sclerosis and individuals with other disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 20 (3), 165-170.
Title:  A comparative analysis of employment discrimination complaints filed by people with multiple sclerosis and individuals with other disabilities
Authors:  Unger, D., Rumrill, P. D., Roessler, R. T., & Stacklin, R.
Year:  2004
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Database mining

Structured abstract:

Background:  Americans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are a very educated group with significant work history. However they are severely underemployed or unemployed. Despite the law forbidding discrimination in employment through the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) the need to examine the nature of discrimination complaints filed by individuals with MS is necessary.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to describe the types of discrimination complaints filed by individuals with MS through the EEOC and compare those complaints to those filed by individuals with other disabilities.
Study sample:  The sample consisted of complaints in the EEOC national database filed by individuals with MS and other disabilities.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected through the EEOC national database and analyzed using Chi-square analyses.
Findings:  Individuals with MS were more likely than other disability groups to lodge complaints related to benefits, insurance, demotion, and reasonable accommodations. Individuals with MS were less likely to lodge complaints related to unlawful discharge, harassment, and hiring discrimination.
Conclusions:  Vocational rehabilitation professionals should be aware of the types of discrimination faced by individuals with MS and take steps to resolve or prevent these issues.

Disabilities served:  Multiple sclerosis