Employers that discriminate against people with physical or mental disabilities break the law. Holding them accountable yields benefits for the individuals subjected to unfair and harmful treatment.
Unfortunately, identifying and stopping disability discrimination in the workplace can be difficult. Anyone in central Ohio who experiences or witnesses discriminatory behavior based on physical or mental capabilities should seek advice from a Columbus disability discrimination lawyer. Failing to follow the proper procedures for documenting, reporting, and seeking remedies for discrimination can result in no corrective action being taken.
Know the Law on Disability Discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers, supervisors, managers, and co-workers to treat all employees and job applicants who have disabilities fairly and respectfully. The law covers many aspects of seeking and holding a job, so the Columbus, Ohio-based disability discrimination attorneys with The Friedmann Firm have posted this list of frequently asked questions regarding the ADA. Topics addressed include
Recognizing Discriminatory Behavior
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the ADA. On its website, the commission makes it clear that the law prohibits unfair or unequal treatment when it comes to “hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.” The ADA also makes it illegal for any person in a workplace to harass or bully someone who is disabled.
Perhaps the most-important employment protection the ADA provides is the one that requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for workers’ disabilities. When an accommodation is refused for a discriminatory reason and the employer cannot show that granting the accommodation would cause an “undue burden,” the employer may be violating the law.
How To Request A Reasonable Accommodation
An employee is typically responsible for asking for a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Because of this, speaking with a caring Columbus discrimination lawyer can be a valuable first step. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to offer an opinion on what steps to take.
Generally, the process of requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability is as follows:
The Columbus, Ohio, disability discrimination attorneys with The Friedmann Firm offer free and confidential consultations. Call us at (614) 610-9755 or request an appointment online.