Under federal law, treating a worker or an applicant for a job differently because they have a disability is against the law. Yet disability discrimination continues to happen throughout Cleveland and the United States. If you have been discriminated against based on your disability, you have the right to seek legal remedy. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Cleveland disability discrimination attorneys can help. Call our law firm directly today or send us a message at your convenience to learn more.

What Is a Disability?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), not all persons with a medical condition are protected from disability discrimination under the law. Instead, a person has a qualifying disability that protects them from workplace discrimination if:

  • They have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits their ability to engage in major life activities, such as walking or hearing; or
  • They have a history of disability, such as a person who had cancer but is now in remission.
In addition to protection against discrimination when a person has a disability, a person also is protected from discrimination if an employer believes that they have a disabling condition that is expected to last for at least six months, even if the person does not actually have such a condition.

What Is Disability Discrimination?

When an adverse or unfavorable action is taken against a person with a disability in the workplace, and that action or decision is based on the person’s disability, disability discrimination has occurred. Examples include:

  • Making adverse employment decisions. Making an unfavorable decision about the employee’s employment status based on their disability is illegal. This might include firing or refusing to hire an employee, demoting an employee, denying an employee certain benefits or a rate of earning, punishing an employee, and more.
  • Workplace harassment and hostile work environment. Harassment in the workplace is illegal and is a form of discrimination. Harassment might include teasing, bullying, intimidating, or threatening a person with a disability to the point that a hostile work environment is created.
  • Failing to provide reasonable accommodation. If a person has a disability, their employer is required to provide reasonable accommodation. An employer does not need to provide accommodation that would cause the employer undue hardship.

How a Cleveland Disability Discrimination Lawyer Can Help

If you have been discriminated against based on your disability, you have legal rights. You can seek remedies such as reinstatement to your original position, back pay for wages you were wrongfully denied, damages for emotional distress, and punitive damages in some cases. Our lawyers can help you by gathering evidence, explaining your rights, building your case, representing you throughout the claims process, and more. 

Call Our Cleveland Disability Discrimination Attorneys Today

If you have been discriminated against, our Cleveland disability discrimination lawyers want to help. We know how devastating discrimination is and want to support you in your claim for damages. Please call our lawyers directly or send us a message at your convenience to learn more about our services and your rights. We are here for you.

Contact Coffman Legal Today

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