Northeast Ohio Disability Discrimination Attorney
Disability Discrimination Attorney in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
Ohio employees are protected against discrimination from their employers based upon disability, pursuant to federal and Ohio law. These laws are in place to give disabled employees the same rights and privileges as those who do not have disabilities. An employer is not permitted to discriminate against you because of a disability.
The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protect against discriminatory practices due to disability. Pursuant to these acts, it is unlawful for an employer, or potential employer, to discriminate because of disability, whether it may be during the interview phase, employment phase, or termination of employment. If you, or a family member, think they may have been a victim of disability discrimination contact our experienced lawyers by dialing (440) 248-8811, or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.
What disabilities qualify under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act?
Not all medical conditions qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You must be able to prove one of the following to qualify as a disability under the ADA:
- You suffer from a mental or physical condition that prevents you from participating in a major life activity
- You have a history of disability
- You are perceived to have a substantially limiting disability
The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against an employee with a qualifying disability, which applies to most employers with 15 or more employees.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 general protects against disability discrimination while being a federal employee. The same standards of the ADA apply to the Rehabilitation Act.
Do employer's have to provide me with reasonable accommodations?
Employers must make "reasonable accommodations" for those that are qualifying employees under the ADA. Generally, reasonable accommodation should provide the same opportunity to disabled workers that non-disabled workers have. In some circumstances, the employer is obligated to make changes to the workplace to accommodate disabled workers. If your employer has failed to make such accommodations, contact our Americans with Disabilities Act Lawyers to discuss your rights today.
What role does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") play?
The EEOC is a federal agency that assist disabled employees to enforce laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. Upon receipt of a complaint, the EEOC will investigate the claim, and assist you in preventing disability discrimination in the future.
If you think you have been a victim of disability discrimination pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act contact our experienced Cleveland Lawyers for a free, no risk, consultation to discuss your options by dialing (440) 248-8811 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.