A disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual." Employees with disabilities — those in wheelchairs or with chronic illnesses, for example — are protected from discrimination under the ADA. Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, assists employees and employers with ADA issues, including obtaining and providing workplace accommodations.
An employment law attorney from our firm can talk to you about your specific questions regarding the ADA. We help employees and employers — our in-depth knowledge of both sides of this issue results in comprehensive, well-researched and highly informed representation. Call our law firm locally at 704-323-8961 or toll free at 888-321-1955 to arrange a consultation.
Disabled Employees Are Protected Under Federal Law
The ADA makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you based upon your disability. Employment discrimination is specifically prohibited as it relates to:
- Employee benefits
Disabled employees are further protected against retaliation for filing discrimination claims, taking part in ADA investigations or requesting accommodations.
Accommodations For Employees With Disabilities
Employers are required by federal law to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations, provided that the accommodations do not cause undue hardship to the employer. Examples of reasonable accommodations can include:
- Modifying desk areas to work better for individuals in wheelchairs
- Installing telecommunications for deaf employees
- Purchasing larger computer monitors for employees with vision problems
- Allowing employees to change their working hours to attend medical treatments
- Providing unpaid leave for employees to obtain medical treatment
Employees can file failure to accommodate and discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If an individual has been fired based upon discrimination for a disability, he or she may be entitled to back pay, job reinstatement, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.
Talk To A Lawyer For More Information About Disability Rights
Whether you need to request accommodations to perform your job duties or have questions about what you need to provide to an employee with a disability in terms of accommodations, call an attorney at Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC. We can be reached by calling 704-323-8961 or toll free at 888-321-1955. You can also contact us online.