Living with a disability does not have to impact your ability to find and maintain employment in California. If you have been recently injured and need a workplace modification or have become pregnant and need more information about your rights, you have come to the right place. The information provided here covers your rights, the responsibilities of your employer and steps you may take if you believe you face discrimination.
What to know about the law
The American Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA is a federal employment law that protects those with disabilities. It asserts that employers cannot discriminate or retaliate against people who have physical or mental limitations due to their disability, as long as they can perform the necessary functions of the job. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice enforce this law.
Due to the ADA, persons with disabilities can also request reasonable accommodations from their employer to ensure they may complete their tasks. These accommodations can take many forms, such as a modified schedule or work equipment for a pregnant woman to provide interpreters for hard-of-hearing.
When to seek legal help
While approaching your employer with a request for accommodation may seem challenging, it can be an important step to getting the assistance you need to do well at your job. And if after you have formally informed them of your disability, you believe your request is not being seriously considered or face reprisals, it may be time to seek out professional legal advice. Employment law attorneys are well versed in the legal options available to seek justice against disability discrimination. Seeking out the services of an attorney can help you find a solution to your problem and assist you with living a more well-rounded lifestyle.
Working a meaningful job and living with a disability can happily coexist. The knowledge listed above should be able to better help you navigate gainful employment issues with your disability.