Editors Note: This research comes from the UK but I am sure that unfortunately the statistics would be very similar in other countries, including Australia.
One in four workers with hearing loss has been forced to quit a job because of discrimination, according to a survey by totaljobs.
The job board’s research found that, although there are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, the majority of deaf employees have experienced discrimination in the workplace.
The Deaf jobseeker and employee experiences survey report 2016 revealed that more than half (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have been subject to discrimination during their career.
More than six in 10 (62%) have faced discrimination from colleagues, and more than half (53%) had experienced it from management. More than one-third (37%) have experienced discrimination as early as the interview stage.
Other types of discrimination faced included being bypassed for promotion (reported by 27% of respondents); and pay (11%).
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Dr Terry Riley OBE, chair of the British Deaf Association, said: “The survey clearly shows a lack of support for deaf people in employment. We must make sure more employers and deaf employees are fully aware of the availability of [government support system] Access to Work, which is vital in helping deaf people reach their full potential at work.”
Of those respondents currently employed, only just over half (52%) said that they were satisfied with their job.
While around three-quarters (74%) of deaf people felt confident that they have the right skills to look for work, almost the same number (72%) have received no support when jobhunting. Only 13% of respondents believed there is enough support available to help deaf people to look for work.
Rob Burley, head of public affairs