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California ADA & Disability Discrimination Lawyer

Living with a disability can present numerous challenges, but discrimination in the workplace should not be one of them. Fortunately, California has laws in place to protect employees from disability discrimination and ensure that they are provided with the reasonable accommodations necessary to perform their jobs.

If you have been the victim of disability discrimination in the workplace, it is important to know your legal options. At Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian, our experienced California ADA & disability discrimination lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight for the justice you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.

What is California ADA & Disability Discrimination?

In California, ADA & Disability Discrimination refers to the mistreatment or unfair treatment of employees or job applicants on the basis of their actual or perceived disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, pay, and job assignments. Additionally, these laws require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities to ensure that they can perform the essential functions of their jobs. Failure to comply with these laws can result in legal action and monetary damages for the victim of discrimination. If you have experienced such discrimination, consult with a California employment attorney to pursue legal action and receive the justice you are owed.

Examples of California ADA & Disability Discrimination

Here are a few examples of ADA & Disability Discrimination that can occur in the workplace in California:

  • Failing to provide reasonable accommodations: An employer refuses to provide an employee who has a disability with a reasonable accommodation that would enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, such as a sign language interpreter for a deaf employee.
  • Harassment: An employee with a disability is subjected to offensive comments or behavior related to their disability by a supervisor, coworker, or customer.
  • Failure to hire: An employer refuses to hire a qualified job applicant with a disability due to their disability, even though they are able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodations.
  • Terminating or demoting an employee: An employer terminates or demotes an employee due to their disability, even though they are able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodations.

Laws Against California ADA & Disability Discrimination

There are several state and federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in California workplaces, including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This federal law prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of employment.
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA): This state law prohibits employers with five or more employees from discriminating against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of employment.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973: This federal law prohibits disability discrimination by employers that receive federal funding.
  • California Labor Code: This state law prohibits discrimination against employees with disabilities and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations.
  • California Government Code: This state law prohibits disability discrimination by government agencies and requires them to provide reasonable accommodations.

Successful Claims for California ADA & Disability Discrimination

Here are a few examples of successful California ADA & Disability Discrimination claims:

  • A grocery store clerk with a hearing impairment was awarded $27,000 in damages after her employer failed to provide her with a sign language interpreter during training sessions and staff meetings, despite repeated requests.
  • A hotel front desk clerk who suffered from anxiety and depression was awarded $15,000 after her employer terminated her employment due to her disability, rather than providing reasonable accommodations, such as a modified work schedule.
  • A hospital employee with a chronic back condition was awarded $20,000 in damages after her employer terminated her employment due to her disability and failed to engage in the interactive process to determine what reasonable accommodations would enable her to continue performing her job duties.
  • A truck driver with a prosthetic leg was awarded $500,000 in damages after his employer terminated his employment due to his disability, rather than providing him with reasonable accommodations, such as a modified work schedule or assistance with loading and unloading his truck.

Contact Our California ADA & Disability Discrimination Lawyers

If you have a disability and believe that you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, it is important to know that you have legal rights and protections under state and federal law. Our California ADA & disability discrimination lawyers can help you understand those rights and guide you through the process of filing a complaint and pursuing legal action against your employer. At Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian, our legal team is committed to fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities and holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward achieving justice for yourself and others who have been victims of ADA & disability discrimination in California.

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