Disability Discrimination Legal Help in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Attorneys Who Specialize in Disability Discrimination Employment LawIf you have a disability and are not being given the same opportunities as your coworkers, or you are receiving unfair treatment by your employer, you may have a legal discrimination claim and be entitled to compensation. Discrimination against someone because of a mental or physical disability is illegal. The number of disability discrimination lawsuits against employers is growing nationally. Unfortunately, employees with disabilities are discriminated against and frequently believe they are helpless to do anything about it. The professional legal team at MJSB Employment Justice can help if you feel you have been discriminated against at work because you have a disability. If you have been a victim of discrimination, you can take action to hold your employers accountable. The Americans with Disabilities Act reports that employees with disabilities win many successful lawsuits each year. We recognize that a disability often makes life more challenging. The last issue you should be concerned with is how your employers treat you in the workplace. Discrimination of any kind is wrong (and, in most cases, illegal), but there are special laws protecting the rights of people who are disabled. We can help you understand your rights in the workplace and determine if you are a victim of disability discrimination. Our compassionate and highly-skilled attorneys will help you through this challenging process to help you get the apology, compensation, or treatment you deserve.
Disability Discrimination: Know Your Legal Rights
In the United States, over 60 million adults have some type of disability. A disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for a person to do certain activities or interact with the world – people, coworkers, customers, etc. – around them. This may include things such as movement, communication or in relation to others socially. People who are disabled have a wide range of needs. Sometimes people live with more than one disability and sometimes disabilities are not easy to see.
Disability discrimination in the workplace might be hard to identify. Many factors – including, but not limited to, the nature of the disability, the employer(s), and job type – can influence a disability discrimination legal claim. An employer that is not making proper accommodations in allowing someone with a disability to do their job may be an example of discrimination. Being passed over for a promotion or pay raise based on an employer assumption that a disabled person cannot or will not do their job is another example of possible disability discrimination. Whatever the situation, disability discrimination is illegal.
Employees in Minnesota and across the country are protected under local and federal laws when it comes to age discrimination in the workplace. The Minnesota Human Rights Act also protects employees from disability discrimination. In addition, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including in the workplace.
Examples of Disability Discrimination
Employers have a legal obligation to give someone a job if they are qualified, regardless of their disability. This type of discrimination should be taken seriously by both employees and employers in the workplace. In fact, disability discrimination cases are prevalent in Minnesota.
Here are some examples of disability discrimination:
- Harassment: jokes, inappropriate comments, or teasing/mocking related to a disability or a perceived disadvantage in employee performance of employment-related tasks, such as in movement or communication with customers
- Inhibiting work: refusing to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee with a physical or mental disability
- Unfair treatment: being passed over for a pay raise or a promotion based on a disability
- Illegal hiring practices: asking job applicants about past or current medical conditions or refusing to give someone a job based on a medical condition
- Retaliation: terminating an employee after he or she reports disability discrimination in the workplace
At MJSB Justice, we carefully consider all the information related to your discrimination case and treat every client individually. We will work with you to help you determine if what you have experienced at work is discriminatory activity. We consider local and federal laws when moving forward with a legal lawsuit and always strive for the best possible outcome for our clients.
If you think you have been subjected to disability discrimination, we encourage you to seek legal support and not stay silent or dismiss your employer’s actions as minor or “nothing serious.” MJSB Justice attorneys are here to help you with your disability discrimination case and understand how this can be a stressful position for you. We will help you understand your rights, navigate the legal process and, should your case go to trial, represent you competently and professionally so you can win your case.
MJSB Employment Justice: How We Can Help You
The legal professionals at MJSB Justice are experienced attorneys who have successfully handled many disability discrimination cases. Our law firm does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with clients individually and take the time to talk to them about their experiences in the workplace. We help clients obtain justice and, in some cases, compensation. We also help them feel recognized and restore their dignity and self-esteem.
We firmly believe in holding employers accountable for their actions. We believe no one should be discriminated against in the workplace. Employers are responsible for abiding by state and federal laws regarding race discrimination in the workplace and no amount of discrimination should be tolerated in employment.
Our experienced attorneys, Chris Moreland, Ross Stadheim and Amy Boyle, handle employment-related cases, including workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower cases, sexual harassment and assault, gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, severance agreements and employer discrimination investigations. For more information about whether you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, read our blog in Justice News called 3 Signs You Might Be a Victim of Discrimination in the Workplace.
Our attorneys have combined over fifty years of experience practicing employment law in Minnesota and across the country. We have been selected by Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine as the “Award Winning” Employment Law Firm. If you think you may be a victim of disability discrimination, do not wait. Contact us today for a free consultation.