California and federal laws protect individuals with abilities from discrimination in the workplace. This protection encompasses every aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, job interviews, salary, and training opportunities.
The law not only grants protections to individuals with a physical disability or mental disability, but also individuals who are perceived to have a disability (whether they are actually disabled or not).
Despite these protections, employment discrimination is still an all-too-common occurrence. If you think you have been the victim of disability discrimination, contact a knowledgeable disability discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles today.
What Is Considered a “Disability”?
This might be the first question you ask yourself if you are wondering whether you need an attorney for disability discrimination. Under both federal law and California law, the definition of “disability” is very broad. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), a disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity. A major life activity can be any normal activity that people perform regularly, like driving, walking, dressing, seeing, and working.
Some examples of physical disabilities include:
- Paralysis, and
Mental disabilities include conditions like:
- Bipolar disorder,
- Schizophrenia, and
- Borderline Personality Disorder.
However, these are just a few obvious examples. It’s important to know that you could be considered an individual with a disability even if you’re just perceived to have a disability.
Finally, disabilities are usually long-term conditions. Brief illnesses like the common cold or influenza do not qualify as disabilities under California law.
What Are My Rights As a Person with a Disability?
People with disabilities who are qualified to perform the essential functions of their jobs (with or without reasonable accommodations) must receive equal treatment from their employer. Negative treatment is illegal. This includes unfair discipline, termination, or receiving different pay for the same work. In addition, an employer cannot harass, intimidate, bully, or criticize a disabled person because of his or her disability.
If a person with disabilities requests an accommodation to help them perform her job, then the employer must engage with the employee in a good-faith effort to find a solution.
Let Our Disability Discrimination Lawyers Help You
Understanding the law surrounding the rights of individuals with disabilities is far from simple. That’s why you should reach out to a disability discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles sooner rather than later when issues arise in your workplace. We at Workplace Rights Law Group understand what you are going through, and we can help you defend your rights. Moreover, our attorneys specialize in prosecuting disability discrimination cases. So call today at 818-925-1572 to set up your initial consultation with one of our attorneys. We look forward to helping you!
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Don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our disability discrimination attorneys today. All of our initial case reviews are free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. You can also give us a call at (818) 844-5200.