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Were You Mistreated at Work Because of a Disability?

People living with disabilities are a federally protected class of citizens under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means that if you are someone who has a disability, your employers cannot base any decisions at work on that fact. If you experienced mistreatment at work because of your disability or request for reasonable accommodation, you could hold your employer accountable for violating your civil rights.

Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law can help people seek fair and just compensation against an employer who violated your rights. We understand the stress, frustration, and humiliation you may feel in the wake of a single event or string of incidents that prompted you to seek legal support. Our disability discrimination attorneys in New Jersey will sensitively work with you to develop a personalized legal strategy. Then, we will relentlessly pursue your interests by holding those responsible for violating your rights accountable for their actions.

Take advantage of scheduling a free consultation with a lawyer from Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law by contacting us online or calling (856) 512-1461 for help.

What Does Disability Discrimination Look Like?

Being mistreated because of a disability can be both covert and overt. Some forms of discrimination may be obvious, such as the use of derogatory language either in direct reference to the person with a disability or about people with disabilities in general. Physical and emotional forms of harassment can also be at play and appear as consistent requests for an employee to perform a task they are not capable of, or purposely creating obstacles that make it difficult to perform tasks with a disability.

Less obvious forms of disability discrimination can also appear as:

  • Consistently passed over for promotion or hiring opportunities
  • Singled-out for enforcement of certain company policies
  • Exclusion from company events and outings
  • Disregard for certain ADA compliance measures

If you think you may be experiencing unfair treatment at work, reach out to a disability discrimination attorney in New Jersey from Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law as soon as possible!

What Is Considered a Qualifying Disability?

A headache or ankle sprain won’t necessarily qualify you for protection as a person with a disability. The ADA is very clear that one must have a substantial impairment or record of substantial impairment to qualify.

It may be a physical or mental disability that restricts or impairs major life activities such as the following and others:

  • Learning
  • Walking
  • Speaking
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Performing manual labor
  • Breathing

As long as you can perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation, you may be protected against discrimination at work by the ADA by having a qualified disability. If, however, your disability would interfere with essential job duties and interference cannot be mitigated by reasonable accommodation, you may not be protected by ADA.

What Is a Reasonable Accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is any tool, adjustment to workspace or schedule, alteration of job duties, or another change implemented by an employer to make it possible for an employee with a disability to perform their essential duties. It must be requested by the employee and provided by the employer and at their cost. Employees are not responsible for affording their own reasonable accommodation.

Reasonable accommodations can be low-tech solutions that often cost employers nothing, such as:

  • Providing a dedicated parking spot close to the entrance of a building
  • Adjusting an employee’s start time or overall schedule
  • Implementing a color-coded filing system
  • Altering the layout of the office for wheelchair accessibility
  • Exchanging certain duties with another employee

Reasonable accommodations may also pose considerable costs and involve technological solutions, such as:

  • Screen-reading software
  • Electronic adjustable-height desks
  • Calculators with speech capability
  • Braille-equipped keyboards and phones
  • Amplified telephones
  • Text telephones
  • Modified equipment controls

How Much Can Reasonable Accommodations Cost?

According to Job Accommodation Network – a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor – more than half of all requested accommodations typically cost employers nothing, while most of the rest came at one-time costs of less than $500.

There is, however, no statutory limit to how much value in reasonable accommodations an employee can request. If your employer is refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation for you to perform essential job duties, reach out to our disability discrimination attorneys in New Jersey for legal support.

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

If you are experiencing disability discrimination at work, please reach out to Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law for legal support. We can walk you through the process toward recovering damages for your employer’s unlawful treatment of you.

We offer free consultations and the possibility of same-day appointments made after normal business hours or over the weekend. We can facilitate meetings over the phone, in-person, or by videoconference.

Reach out to our disability discrimination attorneys in New Jersey right now by contacting us online for help. We also offer service in Spanish and Portuguese.

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