What says you? Is stuttering a disability? And, if so, should it be "legally protected"?
It seems to me that this should have a fairly easy common sense answer. And if it doesn't, it should.
Of course, stuttering is a disability from a legal point of view.
Section 10 (1) of the Code defines “disability” as follows:But I think worrying about a potential "widespread backlash against all persons with disabilities" is a bit of
“because of disability” means for the reason that the person has or has had, or is believed to have or have had,
All you need do is check out the comments at the end of the article to find a very common sense response.
Of course it's a disability, but not one that should ever override a common sense BFOQ. [Ed. I believe that is meant to read BFOR - "bona fide occupational requirement" **.] But if a person is denied a position they could handle because a stutter "isn't pretty" then that's discrimination.
** We've discussed this very same issue many years ago and although I didn't use the commonly-accepted terminology at the time, this is exactly what I was talking about.
Duty to accommodate meet bona fide occupational requirements.
The duty to accommodate can include things like altering the physical workplace, redefining a job description or altering the work schedule. If a driver's license is a job requirement, for example, and the interviewee doesn't have one, there is a duty on the employer to enquire why, to see if a disability is behind it ie) epilepsy. In which case the employer would have to consider what alternations he might make so that driving would not be necessary or whether he could change the job description to give the driving portion to another employee.
And it's important to realize that it would be a lot harder to accommodate certain disabilities in some jobs than in others. For example, is it possible to accommodate a blind person who seeks to be an editor? In all honesty, even with technology, I don't know. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
What about a person in a wheelchair, with no use of her arms or legs, who dreams of being a firefigher? There might be some job back at the fire station that she could conceivably perform but it would be a little hard to picture her actually out there fighting a fire, wouldn't it?