Equality in the work environment is often a clear and obvious expectation for workers beginning their employment. Although it is expected, it does not mean that it is appropriately established and carried out by employers. Employment discrimination is often based on characteristic traits and could lead to a hostile work environment regardless of whether an employee decides to put up with the situation or speaks out about it.
When an employee has a disability, their employer is often made aware of this. This is often because they need specific accommodations or modifications so they can carryout the duties of the job. For most, this can easily be completed with little to no disruption in the work environment. Employers who are readily able to make specific accommodations for an employees' disability, yet refuse to make changes to assist their needs, could be guilty of disability discrimination. This recently occurred when a Minnesota employer denied an employee bathroom breaks, which were required due to a medical condition.