Disability discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer or other party treats disabled people less favorably than non-disabled people. It can also mean when an employer does not provide reasonable accommodations to help a disabled employee move around the job site or complete their work. It is illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities, whether the disability is visible or not. If you believe your rights have been violated because of disability discrimination in the workplace, our law firm can help.
Hershey Law P.C. assists individuals with disabilities and their families to secure the benefits they are entitled to under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in California, and other state disability discrimination laws.
If you have suffered illegal discrimination at work in the Los Angeles or Orange county area, we can assist by providing information about available resources and filing a case. We can also review and negotiate settlements on your behalf or advocate for you in court.
To learn more about how our Los Angeles disability discrimination lawyers can help you, please contact us at (310) 929-2190 for a free consultation.
What Are Some Examples of Disability Discrimination?
Disability discrimination happens all around us. The most common form of disability discrimination involves employment practices. For example:
- Refusing to hire job applicants with a physical or mental disability.
- Firing or demoting employees because of a disability.
- Mistreating a person because they use a wheelchair or other mobility device.
- Failing to give equal access to programs or services.
- Harassing an individual due to their disability or perceived disability.
- Misrepresenting job requirements or qualifications.
- Refusing to grant reasonable accommodations.
Although many disability discrimination cases involve people being fired from a job, there are other instances where businesses mistreat people due to their disabilities. In these situations, disability discrimination may be happening without anyone knowing.
The Hershey Law attorneys have helped our clients win millions of dollars in settlements and court awards after fighting for fair and equal treatment in the workplace. Contact us today for a free, confidential legal consultation.
How Does California Law Protect Against Disability Discrimination?
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Disabled Persons Act protect everyone from being discriminated against due to a disability, including physical or mental impairment, HIV status, pregnancy, chronic illness, and older age. These protections apply to both public and private employers. The Unruh Act protects people with disabilities from discrimination in places of public accommodation such as hotels, restaurants, shops, and hospitals.
California’s FEHA prohibits employers from taking adverse employment action against job applicants and employees based on physical or mental disabilities. This includes everything from refusing to hire someone because they have a disability to firing someone simply for having such a condition. It also covers situations where an employer refuses to accommodate an employee’s disability. An employer is required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on business operations. Additionally, employers are prohibited from retaliating against disabled employees who complain about any misconduct.
What Should You Do in Case of Disability Discrimination?
If you believe your rights have been violated under the FEHA, the Unruh Act, or the Disabled Persons Act, we urge you to seek legal help immediately. The sooner you file a complaint at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the better off you will be. Filing a claim early gives your lawyer time to gather the evidence before the case goes to trial.
It’s crucial that you collect all documents related to your situation – emails, memos, notes, work schedules, etc. – as soon as possible. Remember that if you don’t document what happened, you won’t be able to prove it. Your disability discrimination attorney will need those documents when trying to prove that your employer took illegal action and denied your rights.
It is also beneficial to get statements from witnesses involved in your disability discrimination case, especially if they were present during the alleged discriminatory events. They can confirm details of what happened during and after the incident.
Do Not Wait for Someone Else to Help You. Contact Our Disability Discrimination Attorneys Today
It can be difficult to know whether your rights have been violated under federal and state laws and whether you should take legal action. At Hershey Law, we understand the challenges you face when you have been discriminated against. That is why our lawyers work diligently to ensure that individuals like you receive justice. Our team believes in maintaining a strong attorney-client relationship and working together to achieve the best outcome.
If you want more information about disability law and how it may impact your life, call us at (310)-929-2190. We offer free initial consultations to individuals with potential disability discrimination claims and are ready and able to help you today!