The COVID-19 pandemic has driven disproportionate job losses for workers with disabilities, according to Global Disability Inclusion survey results released May 5.
More than half of workers with disabilities responding to the survey said they have either lost their jobs, been laid off or furloughed, or believe they will lose their job in the next 90 days. Only 28% of respondents without disabilities said they have been subject to — or expect to be subject to — such measures.
Employees with disabilities often are already "on the fringes of competitive employment," said Meg O'Connell, the organization's CEO and founder, in a press statement. That means they're "some of the first groups impacted as companies shuffle their workforce to reduce hours, and lay off employees due to the economic shutdown," she explained.