Disability Discrimination Attorney in California

Disability Discrimination in California

Federal and state laws protect disabled people as a protected class. Under these laws, it is illegal for employers to discharge, fail to promote, fail to hire, or otherwise mistreat an individual because of a physical or mental disability so long as that person is able to perform the job. Such laws also require employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with such physical or mental disabilities.

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Disability Laws in California

Under the California law, you are protected if:

  • You have any physiological disease, disorder, condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss that limits your ability to participate in major life activities such as working, talking, walking, hearing, seeing or learning. Examples include HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, epilepsy, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Your employer perceives you to have a physical impairment that is disabling, potentially disabling, or perceived as disabling or potentially disabling.
  • You have a history of a medical condition or impairment, such as cancer that is in remission.
  • You have a permanent or even temporary physical or mental impairment, including a condition that may last six months or less such as a broken leg, clinically diagnosed depression, stress or anxiety, pregnancy, ADHD/ADD to name a few.

What is Disability Discrimination Like?

Discrimination towards disabled people can occur within a wide range of scenarios can occur, such as:

  • Failure to accommodate for disability or medical condition
  • Failure to grant someone leave that is entitled to them, which can fall under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Failure to hire a qualified employee due to their disability or perceived disability
  • Failure to engage in the interactive process (The employer communicating in order to provide an appropriate accommodation)
  • Discharging a disabled individual for requesting accommodations

What is Reasonable Accommodation?

Employers are required by the law to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Accommodations can include:

  • Medical leave or an extension of medical leave
  • Permitting an employee to work from home
  • Reassigning to an available position
  • Modified equipment or devices to assist with efficiency
  • Modified work schedules
  • Adjustment of policies or additional training
  • Interpreters or other required assistance
  • Accessible workspace

Contact a Discrimination Attorney in California Now!

If you or a loved one is facing discrimination based on your physical or mental conditions, your employers must be held accountable. This should be in accordance with laws and regulations set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and other state agencies.

At Soho Law, we care for your rights as an employee and hold employers accountable for any form of discrimination. With offices in California and New York, we work tirelessly and fight for your rights as an employee. Call us now at 310-803-9560 or click here to fill our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION.