ST. LOUIS ADA ATTORNEY
Under Missouri and federal laws, individuals with disabilities must not be discriminated against in employment matters. A person who has a disability must be given the same opportunity to be hired as a non-disabled person. Employers and potential employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate disabled job applicants and employees. If you feel you were discriminated against by an employer or denied work by a potential employer, you may choose to pursue a claim for damages. Compensation may be available in the form of back earnings, emotional pain and suffering, and in some instances, punitive damages. Because Missouri and federal laws are complex and constantly changing, it is advisable to obtain the services of an experienced and skilled St. Louis Disability Discrimination Lawyer who will advocate on your behalf. Our employment law attorneys have successfully represented clients in a wide range of employment law matters.
What Does Disability Discrimination Mean?
Employers have a duty to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. The Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, was established to prohibit discriminatory practices in the workplace. Under the ADA, accommodations must be made available for employees with disabilities, such as:
- Physical accommodations for wheelchairs, walkers, medical equipment;
- Appropriate physical structures such as ramps, wide doors, open space, handrails;
- Modification of office furniture and accessories;
- Restrooms that are accessible for wheelchairs;
- Modification of schedules to accommodate employees;
- Transfer or reassign disabled employees to appropriate open positions;
- Disabilities vary considerably and cover a broad range;
- Others – ask your disability discrimination attorney in St. Louis.
Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations; employees must be able to perform the required duties of the job at issue.
If you believe you were denied a job because of a disability, or if you were unable to work at a job because the employer did not make a reasonable effort to accommodate your disability, you may have a valid claim for compensation. There are many reasons why you may have a valid cause of action; it is advisable to speak with a St. Louis workplace discrimination attorney to discuss the particular details involved in your situation.