Title page for ETD etd-12152013-151947

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dick-Mosher, Jennifer
Author's Email Address jennym@vt.edu
URN etd-12152013-151947
Title Bodies in Contempt: A Mixed Methods Study of Federal ADA Employment Cases
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Toni Calasanti Committee Chair
Barbara Ellen Smith Committee Member
Sarah Ovink Committee Member
  • employment discrimination
  • ADA
  • intersectionality
Date of Defense 2013-12-10
Availability unrestricted
This paper draws on theories of gendered organizations to examine discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace. A sample of 200 cases which document disability discrimination lawsuits was drawn from the Westlaw legal database. Each case was coded for gender, job, disability and discrimination type and analyzed using multinomial logistic models. Of those 200 cases, 34 were selected for in depth qualitative analysis. This study finds that disability type and gender do have an influence on the type of discrimination someone is likely to experience. In addition, the qualitative analysis finds that the social processes of discrimination differ based on job type and gender pointing to intersections of disability and class as well as gender and disability.
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