Disability Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prohibits discrimination against persons who have, or are perceived as having, a disability. More specifically, the ADA prohibits most employers from discriminating against “qualified individuals” with disabilities in the process of hiring, training, compensation, promotion, firing, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

Under the ADA, covered employers are required to make a reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified applicant or employee if that accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of the employer’s business. However, employers are not obligated to reduce or lower quality standards or production levels as a means accommodating
an employee with a disability.

As with other types of discrimination, it is unlawful for employers to retaliate against an employee who opposes an employment practice that discriminates based upon someone’s disability, just as it is unlawful to retaliate against an employee who filed a complaint alleging disability discrimination, provided the complaint was made in good faith.

If you believe you were discriminated against due to a disability, or if you have other questions about how you were treated at work, contact us today.