The Rights Of Disabled Individuals In The Workplace
Disabled individuals have the right to work in an environment free from harassment and mistreatment. They also have the right to request reasonable accommodations in order to meet the physical demands of their jobs. If you have a disability and experienced harassment or discriminatory treatment from your employer, you have the right to speak out and take action.
By failing to appropriately promote you or provide reasonable accommodations, your employer violated federal laws and your civil rights as a disabled individual. At the Washington, D.C., law firm of Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC, we stand up for the interests of the mistreated and overlooked employees. Our lawyers are committed to righting wrongs and fighting for justice for you.
What Can You Expect From Your Employer?
As a disabled person, you may be used to experiencing treatment that is different from others, and you may not be certain you have the right to speak out against disability discrimination in your workplace. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for your physical needs, and they must treat people fairly who have a history of disabling medical conditions. Depending on your needs and disability, you may be able to expect the following accommodations and others from your employer:
- Installation of ramps for wheelchairs
- Workspace suitable for your physical needs
- Provision of extra time to complete some tasks
Disability discrimination can also come in the form of intentionally mistreating employees because of a physical or mental disability. This can include verbal harassment and offensive remarks. Your disability should not determine your treatment at work, your career and advancement opportunities.
Our attorneys understand how difficult it can be to speak out about disability discrimination. If you think you experienced a violation of your civil rights, our team can evaluate your case and determine an appropriate course of action.