One of the beauties of working in the United States of America is the right to equal employment opportunities. According to the law, this equality includes things like age, sex, race, religion, and physical or mental disability. Sadly, these laws do not keep some employers from discriminating against employees or applicants. One of the most prevalent forms of discrimination occurs in relation to disabilities. If you believe you or someone you know has been wrongly treated concerning a disability in regards to employment, don’t hesitate to pursue prompt legal action.
WHAT IS DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or applicant with disabilities. This applies to all aspects of the employment process, including hiring, firing, promotion, pay, and more. The ADA specifically states that an employer cannot discriminate against a “qualified worker with a disability.” If a worker is qualified for a job, the employer must provide reasonable accommodation for the worker as long as it does not cause undue hardship. According to the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that limits ordinary life activities. These ordinary life activities include basic tasks like walking, talking, reading, or bending, in addition to bodily functions related to the digestive system, bladder, immune system, brain, respiratory system, and more. Under the ADA, the following employees are protected:
- An employee with a disability.
- An employee with a history of impairment.
- An employee who the employer believes is disabled (whether or not it is true or false).
If you believe you or someone you know has been discriminated against because of a physical or mental disability, you have the right to pursue legal action. A qualified attorney can help you file a complaint with a division of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and proceed with the investigation process. If successful, you could receive significant compensation.
LAW OFFICES OF MANN & ELIAS
Whether it is Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, Riverside, Orange, or San Bernardino, the law offices of Mann & Elias represent clients from a number of counties in the state of California. We have completed nearly 100 jury and bench trials, while recovering more than $18 million in verdicts and settlements. We have experience in all aspects of employment law, including disability discrimination. Our incredible success is based on experience, preparation, and skill. If you have been wrongly treated by an employer, contact us today. We would be happy to provide you with a free case review or initial consultation.