When an employer treats an employee with a disability differently and negatively than it does other employees, that employer is violating the law. That employer is also taking power out of the hands of the employee, making that employee feel helpless. Does this describe what happened to you? If yes, then it is of the utmost importance that you understand you are not alone. There is legal recourse for you, and there are lawyers who are willing to fight the big agencies to right a very clear wrong.
Those lawyers are found at our law firm, Bell Law Group, PLLC. For years, we have all fought long and hard battles against private employers and large federal agencies. And we have been successful in many cases. While past successes cannot guarantee future results, you can use them as a benchmark by which you judge the lawyer of your choice.
In truth, we find no greater pleasure than taking on the “David and Goliath” discrimination cases and proving to all employers that there are consequences for illegal, inappropriate action. If you feel your employer has discriminated against you based on your disability, reach out to our law firm.
Both state and federal laws prohibit discrimination because of a disability. In New York, both the New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against any employee or potential employee on the basis of a disability. On the federal level, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) governs this matter.
Before you can claim disability discrimination, you must first show that you have a defined disability. You can do this in one of three ways:
- You have a condition, either physical or mental, that substantially impairs a major life activity (e.g. speaking or walking)
- You have a history of a disability, even if that disability isn’t active currently (e.g. cancer)
- You have a major condition, again either physical or mental, that lasts or is expected to last longer than six months
Once you have shown you have a disability, you must then show that you suffered discrimination in one of the following forms:
- Workplace harassment/hostile work environment (e.g. frequent offensive statements)
- Adverse employment action (e.g. termination or demotion)
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodations
If you believe you have a valid claim for disability discrimination based on the summary guidelines provided here, or if you have questions about any of the above information, we encourage you to reach out to our employee rights attorneys. We are here to answer your questions and help you recover damages for wrongdoing.
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We offer free initial consultations to employees who believe they have suffered from disability discrimination actions made by their employers. We also represent individuals who have sought employment and believe their denials for employment stemmed from their disabilities. If your situation matches either of these descriptions, do not hesitate to contact us. Call our New York law offices today at 855-333-2889 or email our discrimination claim attorneys to schedule your consult.