Representing California Workers Facing Discrimination Because of a Physical Disability

Whatever its precise nature, a physical disability can have a deep and long-lasting impact on your life — but in California, your physical disability cannot legally affect your employment status. Several key legislative acts prohibit California employers from taking adverse action against employees or potential employees with physical disabilities, ranging from denial of benefits, pay, demotion, harassment or termination.

Unfortunately, many California employees with a physical disability still face wrongful discrimination in the workplace. The Rutten Law Firm, APC, is an established and experienced employment law firm that specializes only in representing employees — not employers. With more than 25 years of experience and a strong track record representing employees unfairly discriminated against, our lawyers are dedicated to aggressively defending your rights.

When Is Physical Disability Discrimination Unlawful In California?

Employers in California face clear and strict guidelines regarding discrimination against employees for physical disabilities, mainly codified in two legislative acts: California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Together, these statues prevent employers with more than four employees from discriminating in any way based on physical disability status as long as the employee is able to carry out his or her core job functions with reasonable accommodations.

Often employees with physical disabilities run into issues with their employer's refusal to provide such reasonable accommodations that can range from changes in job schedules to modifications of the work environment. If you are in such a situation, The Rutten Law Firm, APC, can help you establish and assert your legal rights under California law.

Understanding The Range Of Disabilities Covered Under The Law

Keep in mind that California protects employees with a wide range of physical disabilities. Your disability does not need to be readily evident for you to be protected from discrimination; almost any condition that affects a major bodily system and limits key life activities qualifies. In addition, employers are also barred from discriminating against employees based on perceived disabilities or any history of physical disability. We have been successful fighting for employees with conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, heart disease, back and neck injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot injuries, diabetes, etc.

If you believe that you have faced discrimination based on your physical disability, you need an attorney experienced in employment law and disability discrimination. Based in Studio City and serving the entire Los Angeles area, The Rutten Law Firm, APC, can help you understand your legal rights under California's employment statutes. Call us today at 818-308-5945 or contact us online for a free consultation.