Attorneys Stand Up for Victims of Disability Discrimination
Serving people with disabilities in Columbus and throughout Ohio
Federal law provides substantial protection for people with disabilities. The disability discrimination attorneys at Adams & Liming, LLC are experienced in helping victims of discrimination get the accommodations they deserve and recover compensation for the discrimination they have suffered.
What protections are available under federal disability law?
The two main federal disability discrimination laws are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by federal agencies, federal contractors and programs that receive federal money.
The ADA applies to any employer with 15 or more employees. It requires employers to provide equal opportunities to people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, pay, social activities and other privileges of employment. The ADA also protects employees from retaliation when they pursue their rights under the law. It restricts the questions an employer can ask about an applicant’s disability during a job interview.
Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment or being regarded as a person with such an impairment. The ADA provides that if an individual with a disability can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation, that person cannot be discriminated against on the basis of the disability. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified people with disabilities, unless the accommodations cause an undue hardship.
What should I do if I have been discriminated against?
If you have been discriminated against because of your disability or perceived disability, there are several steps you can take:
- Documentation is important to proving any case, so write down everything that happens and keep all documents, including emails.
- File a report as soon as you feel you are being treated unfairly because of your disability. If you are a member of a union, file a grievance. Otherwise, file a written complaint with the HR department and make sure to retain a copy for your records.
- Follow your employer’s procedures for requesting reasonable accommodations.
- Be aware that you have a limited time to file a charge with the EEOC. If you miss the deadline, you may lose your right to file a lawsuit.
- Contact an attorney experienced in handling disability discrimination cases to help ensure you are taking the proper steps to protect your rights and preserve your claim.
What remedies are available?
Several legal remedies may be available to victims of disability discrimination:
- Reasonable accommodation
- Lost earnings
- Hiring, promotion or reinstatement
- Payment of attorney’s fees and costs
- Any other action that would put the person in the position he or she would have been in, but for the discrimination
Dedicated disability discrimination attorneys in Columbus
Sharon Cason-Adams and Roxi A. Liming, the employment law attorneys at Adams & Liming, LLC, know state and federal discrimination laws and are prepared to pursue your claim. Call us at 614-488-2053 or contact us online for your free 15-minute consultation. Our office, at 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 104D, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with after-hours appointments available as needed.