Discrimination is illegal in the workplace, yet it still remains a very real issue in today’s work environment. Today we are here to talk about Disability Discrimination. Disability Discrimination is when an employer or any other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or Rehabilitation Act treats a qualified individual with a disability, whether it be a current employee or an applicant, unfairly due to a disability. The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or job applicant that suffers from a disability.
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate when it comes to any aspect of employment. This includes hiring, firing, pay, promotions, job assignments, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment for a disabled employee, or any other employee for that matter.
It is illegal to harass an employee or an applicant because he or she has a long-term disability, has had a mental disability in the past, or is believed to have a physical or mental disability that is lifelong. Types of illegal harassment include but are not limited to: offensive remarks regarding that person’s disability, or making the disabled person work in a hostile or offensive work environment. Harassment can happen at any level of employment and will not be tolerated.
The law requires that an employer provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so will result in a strenuous expense. Reasonable accommodation may refer to things including wheelchair accessibility for those in wheelchairs, or an interpreter for a deaf individual.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, let the disability lawyers at The Martin Law Group, LLC go to bat for you. Our lawyers are highly experienced and trained in fighting legal battles such as these. They specialize in long term, short term, and social security disability. Contact us today for assistance!