6 Ways Companies Could Be Exploiting Employees on the Autism Spectrum

3. Unpaid overtime

It’s easy for the boss to ask a person with autism to work unpaid overtime for a few reasons. For starters, most people with autism have little work experience, leaving them clueless as to whether or not the situation is “normal” or one of exploitation. People with autism may also take great pride in their work, leading them to do the best job they can by any means necessary—even when it comes at the cost of their non-work lives. Some people with autism also lack social lives outside of work and so are happy to continue working.

4. Pressure to turn on the “magic”

Sadly, the general public still lacks a full understanding of autism, and many people assume everyone with autism is similar to the characters with autism they’ve seen portrayed in the movies. Since these characters usually have trouble with social interaction but are also brilliant savants, there can be pressure in the workplace for autistic employees to have some sort of magical quality to them.

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?