Disability Discrimination Attorney in Atlanta, GA
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects any individual who has a physical or mental disability from being discriminated against in the workplace or within the hiring process. At Ben Barrett Law, we understand how frustrating it can be to suffer discrimination due to a disability and are here to help you pursue justice. Our firm refuses to accept workplace discrimination of any sort, including against individuals who have a disability. Attorney Ben Barrett has been practicing law for over 30 years and now is proud to solely focus on employment law, including workplace discrimination cases. If you have suffered workplace discrimination due to a disability, contact Ben Barrett Law today to learn how we can assist you.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
Under Title I of the ADA, there are various protections for employees who have physical or mental disabilities. It is important to note that the ADA is only applicable to employers that have at least 15 or more employees and extends to both state and local governments, employment agencies, and labor organizations. In order to be protected by the ADA, you must meet the following criteria:
- You have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity
- There a record of this impairment
- You are regarded as having such an impairment
Understanding Reasonable Accommodation
Individuals who are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act are allowed to request that reasonable accommodations are made to assist an employee in doing their job. Employers are legally required to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee who is disabled unless they are able to show that the accommodation is not reasonable in that it is too difficult or expensive for the employer. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include the following:
- Helping a person apply for a job
- Making the workplace accessible for those that use a wheelchair
- Providing an interpreter for someone who is blind or hearing impaired
- An employee that is sick may need to attend doctors appointments or treatments, such as a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy
Time Limits to File a Charge
If you wish to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, please be aware that you must do so within a certain period of time. All charges must be filed within 180 days. It is also important to be aware that if you are a federal employee, you must contact an EEO counselor within 45 days. Do not hesitate to file your claim to ensure you don’t miss out on your pursuit of justice.
Contact Ben Barrett Law
For over 30 years, Attorney Ben Barrett has proudly represented clients who have been discriminated in the workplace due to his or her disability. If you believe that your rights as an employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated, it is important to hold your employer accountable. Ben Barrett Law is committed to helping you pursue justice after facing such discrimination. For quality legal representation when you need it most, contact Ben Barrett Law today to learn how we can assist you.