When someone is discriminated against for something they cannot control, they are being reduced to one single trait. This is absolutely unacceptable, though unfortunately, this is something that still frequently occurs in our society today. While those with disabilities are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, this does not stop some employers from continuing to discriminate against these individuals. If you are a victim of discrimination due to a disability in the workplace, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Atlanta employee rights attorney to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What protections does the Americans with Disabilities Act afford?
Title I of the Americans With Disability Act states that employees who have physical or mental disabilities are protected from discrimination in companies with at least 15 employees. Employees in the United States who meet the following qualifications are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
- Those who have a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits at least one major part of their life
- Those who have formally documented disabilities
- Those who are regarded as having a physical or mental impairment
Is my job required to give me reasonable accommodation?
As long as you qualify under the ADA, your employer is required to give you reasonable accommodation. Simply put, reasonable accommodation refers to an employee’s right to request certain accommodations that can help them better do their job. For example, employers are generally responsible for making their workplaces wheelchair accessible. In other cases, an individual may request assistance when applying for a job. In other circumstances, employers are obligated to allow individuals with certain illnesses or disabilities to seek medical attention/attend doctor’s appointments when necessary. These are just some examples of reasonable accommodations, and if you believe you were denied a reasonable accommodation, you must retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as you can.
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What can I do if I was discriminated against due to a disability?
If you were discriminated against because of a disability, you will have to file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the incident. Federal employees, on the other hand, will have to reach out to an EEO counselor within 45 days of the incident. Do not feel alone–we are here to help.
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