Disability Discrimination Lawyer in Michigan
There are millions of workers in the U.S. who have some type of physical or mental disability – and a significant portion of them experience on the job discrimination because of it.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law make this type of discrimination illegal and require employers to make reasonable accommodations for their disabled employees.
The disability discrimination laws protect individuals with both physical and mental impairments. Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against employees or applicants for employment who have a history of disability. such as a cancer survivor or someone who is mistakenly believed to be disabled.
The ADA defines a disability as any “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” This could include disabilities which affect speech, hearing, vision, walking, breathing, learning and performing manual tasks. According to the law, major life activities covered also include major body functions, such as the immune system, digestive system, bowel and bladder and reproductive systems.
The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against disabled workers in any type of job action, such as:
*Interviewing and hiring.
*Transfers and duty/location assignments.
*Promotions and raises.
*Firings and layoffs.
*Failure to make the workplace physically accessible.
When an employee does request a reasonable accommodation, the employer has a duty to interact with the worker to find a solution that is feasible for the employer and meets the needs of the employee. Accommodation can take many forms depending on situation.
Possible accommodations might be:
*Physical modifications to the workspace as a wheelchair ramps.
*Adjustment of job duties.
*Modification of work schedules.
*Provisions for adaptive equipment or interpreters.
*Reassignment to a vacant position.
Failing or refusing to engage in this process can also constitute illegal discrimination under the ADA.
If you have been improperly treated or ignored by your employer in this regard, our attorneys can counsel and expertly represent you in any negotiations, identify your best options and – if necessary – fully prepare and take your case to court.
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has successfully handled numerous disability cases and kept its clients on the job, found solutions to accommodate their workplace needs and won compensation for economic and emotional losses for those employees who have been terminated or not hired due to disability. We can help you in the same way.