Columbus ADA Discrimination Attorney / Columbus Discrimination Lawyer
The ADA, or the American’s with Disabilities Act, protects employees from discrimination by their employer due to disability when the employee can perform the essential functions of their job with or without a reasonable accommodation. The ADA applies to employers with 15 or more employees, but Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws apply to employers with 4 or more employees.
These laws prohibit employment discrimination in any form due to disability, including but not limited to discriminatory hiring/firing, promotion/demotion, pay practices, and numerous other aspects or terms of employment. When an employer is aware of an employee’s disability, the employer is then required to engage the employee to determine what specific accommodations may be needed to allow the employee to perform the essential duties of his job. If reasonable accommodations could be made by the employer but are not, an ADA violation may have been committed and the employee may have a claim for legal damages.
The ADA and its Ohio counterpart apply to both physical and mental impairments, and additionally prohibit an employer from improperly perceiving an employee as disabled without sufficient cause. While employers frequently view employees who suffer from a disability or impairment as a liability and look for ways to avoid what the law requires of them, they must provide reasonable accommodations if doing so would allow the employee to continue to work.
If you or your loved one has possibly been subjected to discrimination due to a mental or physical disability, or a perceived disability, contact Contreras Law today to discuss your legal rights. You may have a valid ADA claim and speaking with an Ohio disability discrimination attorney will ensure you know your rights.