Perceptions of Discrimination and Justice Among Employees with Disabilities

  • Lori Anderson SnyderEmail author
  • Jennifer S. Carmichael
  • Lauren V. Blackwell
  • Jeanette N. Cleveland
  • George C. ThorntonIII


Despite the passage of almost two decades since the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act in the United States, individuals with disabilities are still underrepresented in the workforce, tend to hold lower status jobs, and receive lower wages. This study examines whether disabled workers also continue to encounter more negative workplace experiences in terms of discrimination and injustice. A sample of 1,880 employees of a large university, including 90 self-identified disabled individuals completed a work experience survey. Analyses indicate that disabled employees reported more overt and subtle discrimination and more procedural injustice than their non-disabled counterparts. Examination by the type of disability also revealed that those with non-physical disabilities reported more negative experiences than employees with physical disabilities. Perceived organizational and supervisory support were shown to have promise in reducing the effects of disability status on workplace attitudes and perceptions.

Key words

disabled personnel organizational justice discrimination employee attitudes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lori Anderson Snyder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jennifer S. Carmichael
    • 1
  • Lauren V. Blackwell
    • 1
  • Jeanette N. Cleveland
    • 2
  • George C. ThorntonIII
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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