Disabled individuals are protected from discrimination

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Posted by Legal Team On January 7, 2015

For those fortunate people who do not suffer from any kind of disability, it is nearly impossible to fully understand the innumerable ways in which a disability complicates life. Not only are disabled individuals denied many of the pleasures that others can enjoy, disabled individuals also often have a harder time working. Many disabled individuals fear that they will not be able to get a job doing what they love, or that even if they do get that job, they will be treated differently by their employers and co-workers.

Disabled individuals should know that they do not need to worry about being denied the opportunity to work, nor should they be concerned about how their employers and co-workers will treat them. Thanks to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), disabled individuals are protected from being discriminated against at their place of work. Employers are also expected to make reasonable accommodation for disabled individuals in order to let them perform the functions of their job.

Because it is illegal to discriminate against disabled individuals or deny them reasonable accommodation, those who feel that they have suffered such discrimination could potentially file a lawsuit against their alleged employers or co-workers. A successful claim could not only mean that the disabled individual is allowed to continue doing their job, but it could also lead to compensation for any suffering that the discrimination caused.

Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to prove that you were discriminated against based on your disability. It can also be difficult to prove that reasonable accommodation was not provided, if it was even possible in the first place. Because the claims are delicate matters, it is highly recommended that victims who feel they have suffered consult with an attorney to discuss their case. Visit our webpage to learn how we may help you get any remuneration to which you are entitled.