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Advocating for the Rights and Freedom of Employees with Disabilities

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." - Scott Hamilton

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 New Jersey and Philadelphia disability discrimination attorneys.

"If I was born 400 years ago instead of now, I wouldn't have the life I have. There were freak shows, and there was horrible discrimination."- Peter Dinklage

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 at (800) 256-5236 or online to speak with an attorney.

ADA Protections for Employees

Employees who are protected by the ADA include an employee who:

  • Suffers from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is 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 usually a condition that lasts 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.

"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.

For more information about disability discrimination in employment and the ADA check out the following websites:

Please contact our office today at (800) 256-5236 to speak with our New Jersey and Philadelphia disability discrimination attorneys.