Fort Lauderdale ADA Discrimination Attorneys Seek Fairness for Disabled Americans
What is the ADA, and how does it protect me?
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from harassing or discriminating against any qualified employee because of the employee’s disability. Under the ADA, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Once an employee has a proven disability, the employer’s duty to accommodate that employee is quite rigorous. A lawyer can explain your rights and how to protect them.
What kinds of disabilities are covered?
The ADA includes the following provisions:
- A person who is paraplegic is substantially limited in the major life activity of walking.
- A person who is blind is substantially limited in the major life activity of seeing.
- A person with a developmental disability may be substantially limited in the major life activity of learning.
- A person with a traumatic brain injury is substantially limited in the major life activities of caring for oneself, learning and working.
Once an employee has proven a disability, the ADA rules apply and the employer has a duty to accommodate the employee. A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job and to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities. Reasonable accommodations can include the following:
- Providing or modifying equipment or devices
- Job restructuring
- Part-time or modified work schedules
- Reassignment to a vacant position
- Adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials or policies
- Providing readers and interpreters
- Making the workplace readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities
Helping you prove discrimination
As with any other lawsuit, we begin with gathering evidence to support your claim and request for compensation. The information we assemble includes your personnel file from your employer, evidence of the nature and extent of your disability, evidence supporting the way in which you were subject to discrimination and evidence of pecuniary losses you incurred related to the discrimination.
The Law Offices of Andrew Alitowski helps you prove discrimination because of your disability. Our Fort Lauderdale labor and employment attorneys meet with you personally to explain your rights. We understand that the law surrounding this area is complicated and constantly changing. We have the experience and knowledge successfully to handle your case.
Call 888.Ask.Andrew for a free consultation
The Law Offices of Andrew Alitowski, P.A. is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our office is near the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, and parking is free. We provide legal services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. Call 888.Ask.Andrew (888.275.2637) or contact us online today to talk to an experienced disability discrimination lawyer.