Providing Experienced Legal Counsel Against Disability Discrimination
Disabled people are a protected class under federal and state laws. These laws generally make it illegal for employers to discharge, fail to promote, fail to hire or otherwise mistreat an individual because of a physical or mental disability so long as that person is able to perform the job. It also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with such physical or mental disabilities.
Who Is Covered Under the Disability Laws?
Legally, the definition is broader than you may think. For example, under California law, you are protected if you:
- Have any physiological disease, disorder, condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss that limits your ability to participate in major life activities such as working, talking, walking, hearing, seeing or learning. Examples include HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, epilepsy, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
- If your employer perceives you to have a physical impairment that is disabling, potentially disabling, or perceived as disabling or potentially disabling.
- Have a history of a medical condition or impairment such as cancer that is in remission.
- Have a permanent or even temporary physical or mental impairment, including a condition that may last six months or less such as a broken leg, clinically diagnosed depression, stress or anxiety, pregnancy, ADHD/ADD, etc.
Types of Discrimination
Disability discrimination encompasses a wide range of scenarios, including:
- Failure to accommodate for disability or medical condition;
- Failure to hire a qualified employee because of their disability or perceived disability;
- Discharging or letting go of a disabled individual for requesting an accommodation; or
- Failure to engage in the interactive process
What Reasonable Accommodations Should You Expect In Your Workplace?
According to the law, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Accommodations can include:
- Offering an accessible workspace
- Medical leave or extension of medical leave
- Modified equipment or devices
- Letting an employee to work from home
- Reassigning to an available position
- Adjusted or modified work schedules
- Interpreters or other required assistance
- Providing additional training and resources
Let Salusky Law Protect Your Rights!
The attorneys at Salusky Law Group have decades of experience. We are respected for our advocating on behalf of our clients using every available tool available. We provide honest representation of clients in valid disability discrimination claims.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Case
If your employer discriminated against you based on a disability, please call us to discuss your case. We will work with you to understand how the wrong that you suffered has adversely affected your life. We analyze the facts of each case with the goal of providing you with the best possible advice and advocacy.