Discrimination experienced by disabled employees in the public sector as an “institutional discrimination area”

Tezcan, Tolga
This study is an attempt to analyze the discriminatory practices in the public sector within institutionalized form disabled employees faced. The exclusion of disabled people from the private sector forces disabled people to prefer the public sector that allow analyzing the discrimination in the public sector. Their employment is an obligation to be fulfilled by law and therefore they are considered around “burden” paradigm than an employee constitutes the traces of discrimination. The combination of institutional discrimination and disability harassment constitute on the one hand “invisible barriers” to satisfactory employment in public sector, on the other hand make discrimination visible in it. State, its institutions and society have shaped disabled people’s life through modeling and defining them. In other words, the mainstream activities of disabled people are influenced by disability models and definitions. Medical model conceptualizes the “normality” and excludes people who do not fit to the conceptualization of “normal” that set a ground for marginalization of disabled people. In this context, employment conditions are greatly influenced by medical model adopted by the public sector.