Protecting The Rights Of Disabled Employees In California
Federal and state laws require employees to make reasonable accommodations for the physical and mental disabilities of their employees. Failure to do so can result in legal penalties. Unfortunately, many employees are not aware of their rights and employees take full advantage. If you have been demoted or terminated as a result of your disability status it is in your best interest to seek the advice of an experienced California employment lawyer.
At Makarem & Associates, we represent employees with physical or mental disabilities who were discriminated against or harassed by their employer on the basis of their disability. If you have a disability that causes you to need work limitations, your employer has a duty to engage in a good faith, interactive process with you to determine what reasonable accommodations the employer can provide in order for you to maintain your employment.
What Is A “Reasonable Accommodation”?
Reasonable accommodation can come in many forms, such as:
- Modifying the heights of desks and work surfaces
- Installing magnifiers on computer monitors
- Adjusting work schedules to accommodate medical treatments or prescribed rest
- Providing additional unpaid leave for medical treatment
The list of potentially reasonable accommodations is nearly endless. The line is drawn once there is an undue hardship on the employer. For example, building a new factory to accommodate the disability of one employee would be considered undue hardship, while retrofitting an item of equipment may be a reasonable accommodation.
The Clock Is Ticking
Your deadline to file a complaint may be fast approaching so don’t wait. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a proven employment law attorney.