Know The Expectations For Disabilities And Workers’ Rights
Employers are given certain discretion when making decisions regarding their businesses and operations. However, this does not mean they can treat one employee less favorably than another because of a disability. This is against the law according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you have a disability and were adversely affected at work because of it, it is time to get an attorney involved. At Krevsky Bowser, we can help you seek legal recourse for a range of illegal workplace violations, such as if your employer failed to provide reasonable accommodation, if you were fired due to discrimination or if you were harassed in the workplace and your employer took no action.
Reasonable Accommodation In The Workplace
Many supervisors simply do not understand their responsibilities when it comes to ADA laws. One of the most common ADA workplace violations that occur is failing to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability. This can look very different for each situation, but examples include failing to:
- Provide a different desk setup to accommodate a wheelchair
- Restructure a workweek to allow the employee time off for medical treatments
- Reassign nonessential job responsibilities
- Offer technological accommodations for the hearing or vision impaired
It is important to note that there are limits to reasonable accommodation. Accommodation may not be required if it would cause an undue hardship to the employer or if it would not enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.
Disability Discrimination And Harassment
People with disabilities face more than accommodation issues in the workplace. Discrimination and harassment can also affect their work life. Many individuals with disabilities are passed up for promotions, given different job duties, given a lower salary or verbally harassed – specifically because of their disabilities. None of these actions are acceptable or legal behavior. While discrimination and harassment claims can be difficult to win, they are not impossible and our lawyers never back down from a challenge. We will work with you to document all instances, identify witnesses and secure vital evidence to prove your claim.