Understanding Your Protected Rights
When employers fail to accommodate workers with disabilities upon request, they deny their inalienable rights to a safe and equitable workplace. Any failure to provide reasonable accommodation can result in penalties, fines, or even legal action against the employer.
Disabled workers deserve the right to work within spaces that don’t discriminate against or restrict their potential. With nearly 61 million disabled Americans in the workforce today, robust legal protections are required to empower and accommodate these employees. At MJSB Employment Justice, our disability discrimination attorneys will strive to ensure your rights are protected in the workplace, ensuring your reasonable accommodations are met. Contact our knowledgeable and caring team today to get started.
Protecting Your Right to Request Reasonable Accommodation
All United States employees have the right to receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace, thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the ADA and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reasonable accommodation requests must be made on a case-by-case basis, ensuring that any disclosed disability is met with a thorough discussion of effective solutions best fit for the employee. These changes or modifications to work schedules and environments allow individuals to continue performing job responsibilities without extra stressors. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:
- Offering reserved parking
- Improving accessibility to work areas
- Welcoming flexible work schedules
- Adapting presentations and training manuals
- Modifying job tasks
- Adjusting products, software, or equipment
- Providing aid when necessary
- Allowing service animalsSometimes an employee must present medical documentation for confirmation to an employer before any changes are made. After taking part in a preliminary discussion and providing essential documentation, employers should implement the agreed-upon accommodations based on suggestions from the disabled worker.It’s essential to understand your rights protected under the ADA and the EEOC so that you can receive the reasonable accommodations necessary to complete your work tasks.
Facing Disability Discrimination
Although there are several local and federal protections for Americans with disabilities, discrimination is unfortunately still common in the workplace. While some instances may be obvious, others can be somewhat covert, such as:
- Reduced hours
- Wage decreases
- Wrongful termination
- Retaliation for involvement in claims
- Verbal, written, or physical harassment
- Applicant dismissal
- Denied promotions or demotions
- Removal from teams
- Denial of reasonable accommodations
Not only are the above situations demeaning, but they also come with detrimental financial and emotional consequences. Working with an accomplished legal advocate is advantageous to fight for a fair settlement after experiencing disability discrimination in the workplace. If you’re worried your employer won’t meet reasonable accommodation requests and will resort to retaliation, discrimination, or even wrongful termination, consider filing a complaint with help from the trusted team at MJSB.
Disabilities are usually defined by a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities. Not all disabilities are visible, yet disabled workers may still need reasonable accommodations to allow them to do their job with ease. When an employer fails to do so, it can cause a significant toll on your mental health and wellbeing.
MJSB’s attorneys diligently defend your right to reasonable accommodations and ensure you receive just compensation for disability discrimination. Contact our team today to learn more about your legal options.
The MJSB Employment Justice Approach
When you experience any disability discrimination in the workplace, it can feel isolating and frustrating. While it’s normal to feel this way, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to deal with this situation alone. The disability discrimination attorneys from MJSB can help you file a complaint against your employer for not meeting your reasonable accommodations requests or retaliating in some way against you. We will fight on your behalf to secure a settlement for your pain and suffering.
We are proud to offer an “un-firm” approach to legal services in the Twin Cities. That means we analyze each case and create a customized game plan to achieve a successful outcome. Whether you wish to start a complaint or file a lawsuit for lack of reasonable accommodations provided by your employer, we can give you the essential details and advocacy needed to navigate this unfortunate situation. Contact MJSB today to learn more about your legal protections for reasonable accommodation requests and ensure you do not have to suffer any additional hardship.
Take Legal Action to Get the Accommodation You Deserve
Dealing with disability discrimination or reasonable accommodation refusal is never an easy thing, but you have every right to seek legal support to help. Working with a supportive and skilled attorney will help save you mental, emotional, and financial hardship, as they help you navigate this situation. At MJSB, our team of workplace disability discrimination attorneys will work tirelessly to act in your best interest and offer you reliable legal assistance. We will collect all essential evidence to support your claim, draft an effective legal strategy, file a complaint, and win your reasonable accommodation case.
Don’t continue to feel stuck in a restrictive and ableist work environment. Contact the trusted attorneys from MJSB today to fight for your benefit.