No employer should discriminate against you for a physical or mental disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act not only prohibits such discrimination, but also requires that your employer provide a reasonable accommodation to help you succeed in the workplace. Rob is an experienced disability discrimination lawyer who has helped employees protect and enforce their ADA rights throughout Georgia.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008 (ADA), it is illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, advancements, compensation, job training, and conditions and privileges of employment.
Some examples of disability discrimination may include:
- Showing prejudice on the basis of disability in all employment-related activities
- Harassing an employee on the basis of his or her disability
- Asking job applicants questions about their past or current medical conditions or requiring job applicants to take medical exams
- Creating or maintaining a workplace that includes substantial physical barriers to the movement of people with physical disabilities
- Refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities that would allow them to work
In order to be protected under the ADA, you must satisfy your employer’s requirements for the job, such as possessing the right experience and education, and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Accommodations by an employer may include making existing facilities readily accessible to employees with disabilities, restructuring the job, or extending leave.
To remain compliant with the ADA, a company may be required, for instance, to provide a low vision aid so an employee with a vision impairment can read a computer screen. But, a worker with a disability that renders him unable to lift boxes but who wants to work in a warehouse would not be covered under the Act because lifting heavy objects is an essential function of the position.
A disability does not affect your ability to make a difference in the workplace. If you have been denied a job or reasonable accommodations to meet your needs, Rob will fight for your right to work under the ADA. With extensive experience in disability discrimination and a winning record, Rob can help you enforce your ADA rights in Georgia.