Temecula Disability Discrimination/Reasonable Accommodations Lawyer
People living with disabilities overcome numerous challenges to participate in the workforce, and both US and California statutes support these employees in their efforts. However, statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reveal that employer misconduct based upon disability ranks #2 among all charges filed. In California, these complaints represent more than 36 percent of the total charges. Though you realize disability discrimination is illegal and employers must provide reasonable accommodations, you may not know what to do about a violation of your rights.
Your first priority as the target of illegal conduct is retaining an experienced Temecula disability discrimination lawyer. You may qualify to seek damages for the losses you sustain after an employer violates laws intended to protect employees. The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC will guide you through the process, so please contact our firm to set up a consultation. A summary of the relevant legal concepts is also useful.
Overview of Federal and State Disability Discrimination Laws
The two key laws that protect employees with disabilities are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). These statutes prohibit companies from treating workers differently or taking adverse action because of a disabling medical condition, and they require employers to provide reasonable accommodations. Some additional details may be helpful:
- Both laws make it illegal to discriminate against a disabled person in hiring, training, raises and promotions, termination, pay, benefits, or other conditions of employment.
- To meet the definition of “disabled,” an employee must be afflicted with a medical condition that impacts a major life activity.
- For workers who qualify, employers must make reasonable accommodations to enable them to do their jobs. Examples include installing a ramp, adjusting work hours, or restructuring job duties.
- There are limitations to the employer’s duties, since the company must only make accommodations that are reasonable under the circumstances. It may not be a situation of disability discrimination when the adjustments are prohibitively expensive or cause undue hardship.
What To Do About Unlawful Workplace Discrimination
Our Temecula disability discrimination lawyers at The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC will aggressively fight to ensure you receive all monetary damages and other relief allowed by law. However, you can support our efforts by following a few tips:
- Make a record of actions by your employer that violate the law, including specific times, dates, locations, and witnesses.
- Follow your employer’s internal policies regarding reporting disability discrimination, if any.
- Take notes on your employer’s efforts at reasonable accommodations.
- Contact our firm for legal help with next steps, including filing a charge with the EEOC or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) – and possibly a lawsuit in court.
Our Temecula Disability Discrimination Attorneys Can Advise You
To learn more about your rights and remedies, please contact The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC at 760-779-1313 or check out our website. With decades of combined experience representing clients in Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties, we are ready to tackle the complicated legal issues related to disability discrimination and reasonable accommodations.