Disability | Medical Condition Discrimination Lawyers in Costa Mesa
Under federal and California employment laws, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee based on a disability or medical condition. It is also unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees for taking leaves of absence for the employee’s or a close family member’s medical condition.
If you were fired due to an actual or perceived disability or medical condition or for taking medical leave, the attorneys at California Employment Counsel, APC, are here to help you explore your legal rights and options.
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Were Your California Workplace Rights Violated?
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and other statutes protect employees who suffer from disabilities and medical conditions.
Wrongful termination is only one way in which employers violate the rights of disabled employees. It is also unlawful for employers to:
- Deny disabled employees reasonable accommodations
- Demote or deny promotion to disabled employees
- Allow harassment of disabled employees
- Retaliate against disabled employees for reporting unlawful workplace practices
Our lawyers have extensive experience handling workplace discrimination claims and can protect your rights. We will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome, which may include compensation for past lost wages, future lost wages and emotional distress.
Failure To Accommodate Disability
Employers have a legal obligation to make reasonable allowances for a disability or medical condition. Unfortunately, some employers refuse such accommodations or try to force those employees out.
Were you fired or harassed for requesting disability accommodations or taking protected leave? Were you forced to endure hardships or forced to quit because an employer would not accommodate your disabling condition? The experienced attorneys of California Employment Counsel, APC, can forcefully assert your rights. We hold Southern California employers accountable for disability discrimination and wrongful termination.
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Were Your Employment Rights Violated?
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) outlaw discrimination on the basis of an actual or perceived disability. Furthermore, the law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabilities and medical conditions. The employer must engage in a good faith interaction with the employee to find a way to make it work.
Failure to accommodate may apply to:
- Physical accommodations such as adaptive technology
- Work schedules (flexible hours, working from home)
- Doctor restrictions (light duty, reduced hours)
- Intermittent time off for medical/therapy appointments
- Extended leave after surgery or illness
Under the California Family Rights Act, employees are allowed up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for injury or illness. Under disability laws, however, employers still have a duty to the worker beyond 12 weeks if ongoing accommodation or additional leave is required.
If You Were Denied Promotion Because Of A Disability
Being demoted or denied a promotion because of your disability can be a devastating blow. However, you should understand that you have options, and you do not have to suffer such humiliation in silence.
Our attorneys at California Employment Counsel, APC, understand what you are going through, and we are dedicated to enforcing the rights of disabled workers. First, we will talk with you about your situation and determine whether your employer has engaged in a discriminatory act. Second, we will gather supporting documentation to prove your claim and help you take civil action.
The Law Is On Your Side
Whether your disability is medical, physical or mental, you and your job are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. If you possess the qualifications to be promoted to a higher position, your employer cannot deny you that position because of your disability. If a less-qualified but abled worker wins a promotion over you, your rights may have been violated.
While your employer may think your disability makes you less capable than other employees, punishing or demoting you because of your condition is prohibited by law. You have just as much a right to earn a living as anyone else. If your position has been lowered or your hours cut because of your disability, you may have a discrimination claim against your employer.
Contact A Disability Discrimination Attorney In Orange County
If you have been discriminated against due to a disability or medical condition, our lawyers are here to provide you with knowledgeable advice and strong advocacy. Contact us today online or by telephone at (714) 462-8376 or toll free at 866-545-2415 to arrange a consultation with an experienced disability discrimination attorney in Orange County.
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