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Forget gender gap, there’s a disability gap in work pay in U.S.

Supporting oneself even without a disability these days is not as easy as it should be. Jobs are hard to come by. Prices of goods are high. Debts are high, too. Add a disability into the mix and, according to statistics, and it is even more difficult for someone to make a living.

When it comes to equal pay, the country tends to talk about equal pay for women in the workforce. They still earn less on average compared to their male counterparts. But there is another group with needs for equality besides women: the disabled.

Disabled workers earn only about 75 percent of what others in their work roles get paid. Perhaps that reality remains because the number of disabled workers within the workforce is so low (6 percent of workforce), making for fewer underpaid workers to fight against the apparent pay discrimination.

The majority of disabled workers make about $25,000 annually on average. That income wouldn’t go far in financially supporting a person, let alone her and her family. This statistic suggests how important it is for someone who is healthy now to consider disability insurance in case he or she gets sick or injured later.

The disability income that a person gets can mean the difference between making ends meet and not. Therefore, a fight for the benefits that one deserves isn’t done in vain; rather, it is done with ethics and simple financial security in mind.

Our national disability lawyers help the disabled filing their claims and fight when those claims have been delayed or wrongfully denied.

Source: Disability Scoop, “Census: Income Gap Marked For Workers With Disabilities,” Michelle Diament, March 15, 2013

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