According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over four million Californians have a disability. Unfortunately, disability discrimination is a major issue in the state. But, if you are disabled and have been discriminated against, you do not have to fight alone. A Sacramento disability discrimination lawyer could help you fight for justice.

There are many different types of disability discrimination. Among them are harassment, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Regardless of the type, our experienced employment attorney could help you understand your options for taking action.

ADA Covered Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the primary federal law that establishes workplace protections against discrimination for workers with covered disabilities. The ADA defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits activity. When an employee has a condition or illness that meets the criteria, they may be protected against discrimination by the ADA. Some examples of ADA-covered disabilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • HIV Infection
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Certain Learning Disabilities

Consulting with a disability discrimination attorney from our Sacramento firm, Erkel Law, P.C., is the best way to determine whether a specific condition qualifies.

California Disability Discrimination Laws

Fortunately for the victims of discrimination, there are several protections in California law for people with disabilities. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits (1) refusing to hire a person because of their disability, (2) failing to provide reasonable accommodations for a disabled employee, and (3) harassing a disabled employee because of their disability. This law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who have brought disability discrimination claims.

Another California disability discrimination law is the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which mandates businesses provide equal access to disabled people – including making reasonable accommodations for disabled customers and ensuring their facilities are disabled-accessible.

No matter what law a claim falls under, retaining the services of an experienced Sacramento disability discrimination attorney could help a person navigate the legal system and ensure their rights are adequately represented.

What Is Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodations?

In California, businesses are required to provide reasonable accommodations for their disabled employees. This is one of the most common discrimination issues. Reasonable accommodations mean making changes to the work environment or job duties that allow a disabled employee to do their job. For example, a disabled employee might need a modified work schedule, to allow them the extra time they need to get to and from work.

In some cases, changes to the work site might be needed – such as installing a ramp. Or a disabled employee might need special equipment to use their computer or otherwise do their job. If a California employer fails to provide such reasonable accommodations, a good Sacramento disability discrimination attorney could provide advice on what steps to take.

Call a Sacramento Disability Discrimination Attorney Today

If you have been discriminated against at work, you should prioritize calling a Sacramento disability discrimination lawyer for a free consultation. Erkel Law, P.C. can take the lead in investigating your claim, documenting any instances of discrimination, representing you in court or during settlement negotiations, and ensuring your best interests are fully protected. Reach out for a consultation today.

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