U.S. Hospitality Industry Often Reluctant to Hire People with Disabilities

U.S. Hospitality Industry Often Reluctant to Hire People with Disabilities

Feb 02, 2012

People with disabilities trying to find employment in the U.S. hospitality industry face employers who are often reluctant to hire them because of preconceived notions that they cannot do the job and that they are more costly to employ that people without disabilities, according to new research from UNH.

UNH researchers Andrew Houtenville, associate professor of economics and research director of the UNH Institute on Disability, and Valentini Kalargyrou, assistant professor of hospitality management, analyzed data from 320 hospitality companies in the United States, and found similar concerns and challenges regarding employment of people with disabilities. The researchers used the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employer’s Survey as their data source.

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