Disability Discrimination

    As in all areas of discrimination, the Coye Law Firm is dedicated to seeking justice for those who are unfairly denied or terminated in their employment because of a disability. Federal laws prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, it is necessary to hire an experienced disability discrimination attorney. Doing so can protect you from:
  • Losing wages or benefits
  • Professional limitations or disputes that result from the incident
  • Time running out to file a claim
  • Retaliation on your employer's part
    The Coye Law Firm can help resolve the issue and bring it to trial if necessary. The extensive knowledge and determined style of defense of our disability discrimination lawyers can recover the compensation you may be entitled to. If your personal injury resulted in a disability, our attorneys can work on your behalf in many ways.
 

Background

   The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. It prevents private employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, and state and local governments from discriminating against applicants or employees with disabilities that are qualified to perform a job. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that a person with a "disability" is one who:
  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.
   A lifelong impairment may not be constant. For example, epilepsy is episodic and does not constantly affect a person's ability to do a job. Under the revisions to the ADA in 2008, these impairments are covered and employers must do their best to accommodate the employee's needs. 
 

Employer's Responsibilities

   The act was designed to give those with disabilities the opportunity to work with or without reasonable measures on the part of the employer. A reasonable accommodation would include restructuring small-scale facilities, providing equipment, or purchasing training materials. However, personal use items such as glasses or hearing aids are not required of an employer. The employer also may not be obligated to make accommodations at all if the action is too expensive relative to the company's size or contrary to the nature of their operations. 

   An employer cannot ask you if you have a disability, how severe it is, or the nature of it. It may only be mentioned if it is related to your ability to perform a specific job. However, if the employer requires a medical exam for you to be hired, but not for everyone else, it may be discrimination. 

   An overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found here . The steps for filing a claim are also described at the EEOC website

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How A Lawyer Can Help

   Contact the Coye Law Firm to investigate ways to resolve your case of disability discrimination. We can inform you on ways to solve the issue without a lawsuit, but if one is necessary, we will defend your rights. According to the act, you may be entitled to have your attorney's fees paid if the suit is successful. Any of our four offices and one of our disability discrimination attorneys is ready to take your case.

  

Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.

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