If you have concerns that you are being treated unfairly at work or that you were terminated for discriminatory reasons, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. While this might be the first time you are facing an employment dispute, employers have lot of experience in handling these issues and typically engage human resources or legal counsel for assistance.
You will likewise benefit from the same guidance. Engaging a disability discrimination attorney at your earliest opportunity will also increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome because it will enable us to begin building a file of important information and evidence needed to effectively represent you. Our offices are located in Los Angeles. We represent professionals throughout the state of California.
For more information regarding employee rights, please visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
California law safeguards employees who have an injury and/or a health condition that limits one or more of their major life activities – including their ability to work – from discrimination, retaliation and/or wrongful termination. A temporary illness might also qualify as a disability. Whether a condition or a disability “limits” a major life activity is determined regardless of any mitigating measures, such as medication. These laws are intended to guarantee persons with disabilities and/or medical conditions the same access to employment opportunities as everyone else. The following is a list of some of the types of medical conditions/illnesses/disabilities that qualify for protection under the law:
Pregnancy and Childbirth Related Conditions
Physical Disabilities, including, but not limited to, any physiological disease or cosmetic disfigurement, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, back pain, diabetes
Medical Conditions, including but not limited to, AIDS, Cancer, or other health impairment associated with a genetic characteristic
Mental Impairments, including but not limited to, any mental or psychological disorder or condition, such as depression or post-traumatic stress syndrome
Alcohol Abuse Issues
Certain conditions, however, are excluded from protection such as: sexual behavior disorders, unlawful use of controlled substances or other drugs, compulsive gambling, pyromania. Medical marijuana card-holders are also not protected.
Demonstrating illegal discrimination is a challenge. Overt forms of discrimination – such as offensive remarks – are not as common in the present day workplace as subtle, passive aggressive forms of discrimination that are just as harmful. This is because employers often attempt to hide their discriminatory conduct under the guise of legitimate business decisions such as company reorganizations and layoffs to avoid liability.
Our attorneys can help you identify and gather persuasive evidence of disability discrimination to corroborate your potential claims against your employer.