I think if you asked most people what diversity means in hollywood casting or most companies or for that matter just life, most people would say it means people of color, women and the LGBT community. What they too often miss, the neglected groups that don’t get equal and fair recognition of diversity status are the ADA, NAMI, bipolars, schizophrenics and thousands and thousands other people of disabilities.
copied from the eeoc website – http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html
Discriminatory practices under these laws also include:
- harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, or age;
- retaliation against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices;
- employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, or ethnic group, or individuals with disabilities, or based on myths or assumptions about an individual’s genetic information; and
- denying employment opportunities to a person because of marriage to, or association with, an individual of a particular race, religion, national origin, or an individual with a disability. Title VII also prohibits discrimination because of participation in schools or places of worship associated with a particular racial, ethnic, or religious group.
Employers are required to post notices to all employees advising them of their rights under the laws EEOC enforces and their right to be free from retaliation. Such notices must be accessible, as needed, to persons with visual or other disabilities that affect reading.