I disclosed my disability. Now my manager treats me differently

Does your honest approach work for you?

When organizations need to accommodate disabled employees, this often generates jealousy, resentment, even hostility because co-workers only see the end product of accommodation (like a shorter work week, flexible hours, or reduced responsibilities) without knowing the reasons behind the changes. But it is especially unacceptable when a manager acts in the way you describe, since management is privy to those private details.

While your manager may not be making decisions that directly affect your job security, behaviour like this can constitute discriminatory harassment under human rights legislation if it is linked to your disabled status. Further, differential treatment that demeans or belittles an employee may constitute personal harassment under corporate internal policies, or even bullying under provincial law, depending on where you work.

I disclosed my disability. Now my manager treats me differently – The Globe and Mail.

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