Pennsylvania & New Jersey
DON’T LET YOUR EMPLOYER FIRE YOU!
If an employer is treating you differently because you are disabled you should take immediate action.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), an employer may not treat a person differently because they are disabled, because they have a record of a disability, because they are associated with someone who has a disability, or even if the employer erroneously believes the person to be disabled. Accordingly, an employer cannot make a hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, or job training decision for one of those reasons.
The ADA also recognizes that employers should provide “reasonable accommodations” to disabled employees so that they perform their job despite having a physical or mental impairment. In general, a reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done so that an individual with a disability can enjoy equal employment opportunities. Employers sometimes violate the ADA by failing to provide employees with reasonable accommodations or by retaliating against them for requesting reasonable accommodations.
State and local laws provide similar protections to employees.
Disabled workers should also be familiar with their rights under other laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) (link to FMLA section) which allows certain employees to take job-protected medical leave in order to treat a serious medical condition.
This area of the law can be complex. Employers sometimes argue that an employee is not really disabled, or that a suggested accommodation is unreasonable or too expensive. But the lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore are highly familiar with this area of the law and are knowledgeable of all recent developments.
If you are disabled and a victim of discrimination, please contact the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore and speak with one of our attorneys.