Protecting The Disabled From Employment Discrimination
If you have been a victim of discrimination due to a disability, you may know what it feels like to be singled out for different treatment, to be denied employment or promotion or to have your employment terminated for discriminatory reasons. Disability discrimination is against both state and federal laws. California has additional employment protections provided to employees. Our Los Angeles-area disability discrimination attorneys have the experience and the ability to pursue your case to its fullest extent.
Protecting Your Employment Rights
At Avila & Shaddow Attorneys at Law, we protect your rights and pursue legal remedies for workplace disability discrimination. Covered disabilities can include:
- Physical disabilities — Including paraplegia, partial paralysis, partial blindness, back problems, amputees and other physical conditions
- Medical disabilities — Including cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, lupus and other chronic or medical conditions
- Mental disabilities — Including autism, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental conditions
The list above is partial and the complete list includes many more conditions. For example, California recognizes AIDS as a disability. Employers are prohibited from failure to accommodate (reasonably) employees with AIDS or who have been tested as HIV-positive.
Physical Disability Discrimination
Discrimination in California is treated very seriously. An employer may refuse to retain an employee who cannot fulfill the essential job functions either with or without reasonable accommodations. An employer may not terminate an individual with a physical disability due to the perceived notion that insurance rates may go up or because the employee needs reasonable accommodations to perform the job. Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the damages for discrimination include:
- Actual damages (lost wages, emotional suffering and distress)
- Punitive damages of an additional amount to punish the employer/violator
- Attorneys’ fees
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We offer an initial consultation at no charge. Please call our San Fernando Valley number, 818-227-8610, or our Los Angeles County number, or our nationwide toll-free number, . You may also contact our lawyers via email.