The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect the rights of qualified employees with disabilities to receive reasonable accommodations at work. When employers fail to provide reasonable accommodation or discriminate against employees because of a disability, they can be held legally accountable.
As a lawyer dedicated to protecting employees' rights, I help employees who have been victims of disability discrimination take advantage of their protections under state and federal employment laws. In my career of over 20 years, I have recovered millions on behalf of wronged employees in Westlake Village, Ventura, Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley.
Understanding Disability Discrimination
Employers have the responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities who can still perform the essential functions of a job with or without that accommodation. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:
- Modified work schedules or part-time work
- Special equipment or modifications of existing equipment
- Accessible facilities
- Transfer or reassignment to another position the employee is qualified for should the employee's essential job functions change
Because employees cannot request accommodations that create "undue hardship" for the employer, they must be ready to prove that requests made were reasonable in both cost and scope for the employer's business.
Read more about filing a disability discrimination claim.
How The ADA Protects Employees' Leave
Some employers mistakenly believe that there is no need to accommodate an employee who has exhausted his or her protected leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA). However, in some cases employees could obtain leave for medical reasons apart from FMLA/CFRA leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA or FEHA.
Determining whether this type of leave is possible requires a nuanced understanding of the law. I can help you understand how federal and state employment laws apply to your unique situation. I provide candid advice and aggressive representation should filing a claim be necessary.
Read more about protected leaves and the ADA.
Contact Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman
The Kaufman Law Firm offers free initial consultations to each prospective client. Contact the firm by calling 818-305-6457 or 866-278-2385 or by email for more information. Se habla español.