Advocating for the Rights and Freedom of Employees with Disabilities

ADA Protections for Employees

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prevents both public and private employers from discriminating against an employee because of his or her disability. Find out more about your rights when you speak with one of our Philadelphia disability discrimination attorneys. If you feel your ADA rights may have been violated anywhere in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, or if you would like to ask about your rights under the ADA, please contact our offices immediately and discuss with our New Jersey disability discrimination attorney to defend your legal rights.

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Employees Protected by the ADA Include Employees Who:

  • Suffer from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Have a record of such an impairment
  • Are being regarded as having such an impairment by his or her employer

Examples of impairments covered by the ADA include deafness, mobility impairments requiring a wheelchair or scooter, blindness, HIV/AIDS, bipolar disorder, cancer, diabetes, and alcoholism. There are, however, many other conditions that are considered a disability for the purposes of the ADA. Generally, temporary ailments are not considered a disability according to the ADA. Temporary ailments are conditions that last less than six months.

When an employee makes a request for an accommodation due to his or her disability, the employer must engage in an interactive process to provide a reasonable accommodation for the disability. The employer also cannot retaliate against an employee for requesting that accommodation or for filing a complaint of disability discrimination.

Disability Discrimination Attorneys Protect Disabled Employees in the Workplace

Disability discrimination attorneys help clients understand the complexities of laws that are intended to protect disabled individuals in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects employees with disabilities from discrimination in employment. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that is substantially limiting to skills like standing, walking, hearing, seeing, learning, or speaking. The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities unless it causes undue hardship to the employer, such as significant difficulty or expense. Accommodations can include things like wheelchair ramps, modified work schedules, or specialized training. In short, disabled workers are entitled to any modifications that will help them work more effectively. An employee who can perform the essential functions of a job, even if it requires some accommodations, is protected by the ADA. Contact a Philadelphia disability discrimination lawyer if your employer’s failure to accommodate a disability has made it difficult to continue working.

When to contact a Disability Discrimination Lawyer for Employment Discrimination

Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats a disabled employee unfavorably because of the disability. Disability discrimination on the job includes discriminating on the basis of physical or mental disability in employment-related activities. Specific examples include employee harassment based on a disability, being asked questions as a job applicant about past or current medical conditions, being terminated because of requested accommodations, and substantial physical barriers to the movement of disabled people within the workplace.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your disability at work, you should talk to an experienced Philadelphia disability discrimination lawyer. A disability discrimination attorney in Philadelphia or Mount Laurel can help you decide whether your case is worth pursuing, negotiate an accommodation if necessary, or negotiate a settlement with your employer. A disability discrimination attorney may be able to help you recover back pay, compensatory damages, and attorney fees, and possibly punitive damages.

State laws may offer more protection than federal law. Contact our Philadelphia disability discrimination lawyers at 856-778-9700 to learn more.

"Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment."

- Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

Have Your Rights Been Violated?

Please contact our office today to speak with our  Philadelphia and Mount Laurel  disability discrimination attorneys.