Oklahoma City Disability Discrimination Lawyers
Assisting Clients with ADA Legal Disputes & More
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the federal law that establishes much of the baseline workplace protections against discrimination for employees with covered disabilities. Unfortunately, however, violations of these protections still occur at work, and employers can find themselves unfairly accused of such violations.
If you are confronted with a disability discrimination legal dispute, our attorneys at Mazaheri Law Firm can help. Our legal team has provided critical legal support to employees and employers alike since 2009. Whether someone who faced unlawful treatment at work needs to assert their rights or a business owner needs to defend their livelihood, we can be there to provide the personalized legal representation either side of a dispute requires.
Learn more about how our disability discrimination attorneys in Oklahoma City can help you by contacting us at (405) 645-6022 now.
What Is Disability Discrimination in the Workplace?
In a workplace setting, disability discrimination is any unfair treatment a person with an ADA-covered disability receives because of their disability.
In many cases, disability discrimination can manifest when a representative of an employer makes an adverse employment-related decision based on the employee’s real or perceived disability status.
Examples of these adverse employment decisions may include the following:
- Denial of a raise
- Denial of a promotion
- Denial of benefits other employees receive
None of these decisions, or others like them, should take an employee’s ADA-covered disability into account. Employers who make such decisions risk incurring liability in a disability discrimination lawsuit.
Whether you need to pursue legal action after experiencing such unfair treatment or you must defend your business against an unfair accusation of disability discrimination, reach out to the Mazaheri Law Firm for legal assistance.
Common ADA-Covered Disabilities
The ADA defines a disability as any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. When a condition meets these criteria, it may be a disability covered by the ADA.
Common examples of ADA-covered disabilities include the following:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Certain Learning Disabilities
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Hearing impairments
- Heart Disease
- HIV Infection
- Orthopedic impairments
- Speech impairments
- Visual impairments
If you aren’t sure if a condition would be protected by the ADA, consult with our disability discrimination lawyers in Oklahoma City to learn more.
Denial of Reasonable Accommodation
One of the most commonly litigated disability discrimination issues is reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation refers to adjustments made to an employee’s work environment, duties, schedule, or other factors to accommodate an ADA-covered disability.
Examples of reasonable accommodation can include the following:
- Providing an employee with a parking space closer to the building
- Establishing work-from-home arrangements
- Swapping certain non-essential job duties with another employee
- Rearranging an office space
- Assigning afternoon-only shifts
Employees with covered disabilities must take the initiative to request reasonable accommodation, and employers must make every effort possible to provide reasonable accommodation once an employee has voluntarily disclosed their disability status.
Employees don’t have to undergo any formal process to request reasonable accommodation. Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that a request for accommodation doesn’t have to be in writing, mention the ADA, or even use the phrase “reasonable accommodation.” It merely needs to be communicated to an employer in “plain English.”
Employers are not obligated to provide the exact kind of accommodation that an employee requests. Although they must give first consideration to the employee’s request, employers can propose alternative accommodation for the disability.
Generally, legal conflict arises when employees and employers disagree on the need for certain types of accommodation or the need for accommodation altogether.
Are You Facing a Disability Discrimination Challenge?
If you are involved in a workplace disability discrimination dispute, Mazaheri Law Firm can offer the legal support you need. With a legal strategy developed around your unique situation, we can help you achieve what you must accomplish.
If you need a disability discrimination lawyer in Oklahoma City, contact Mazaheri Law Firm today.
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