Has Your California Employer Discriminated Against You For A Mental Disability?
Unlike many physical disabilities, a mental disability is often hidden from view — but this doesn’t make it okay for a California employer to discriminate against you on the basis of your mental disability. In fact, California offers robust safeguards for employees with a wide range of psychological disorders and mental conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, etc.
Too often, however, California employees still face discrimination from their employers due to their mental disability despite California’s legal protections. That’s why the employment law attorneys of The Rutten Law Firm, APC, have dedicated their practice to representing employees facing wrongful discrimination. The firm’s decades of experience and long track record of defending employees’ rights are evidence of our dedication to our clients.
What Protections Does California Offer For Those Facing Mental Disability Discrimination?
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has established strict guidelines for California employers regarding employees with mental disabilities. More robust than the protections offered under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), California law prevents employers from taking adverse action against any employee based on their mental disability; protected mental disabilities range from mental retardation and learning disabilities to mental illness such as clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you are facing discrimination or harassment on the job due to your mental disability, you may have a case against your employer for lost wages, punitive damages and more. However, a qualified attorney is necessary to help you properly assert your rights under California employment law. The disability discrimination lawyers at The Rutten Law Firm, APC, prioritize helping our clients above all else, and we are ready to aggressively defend your employment rights from day one.
Understanding Your Employer’s Duty To Provide Reasonable Accommodations
Under California law, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with a mental disability. Such accommodations are intended to make it possible for the employee to fulfill their essential job duties, and can include allowing adjustments to the employee’s job schedule or permitting additional time to finish job tasks.
If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you by refusing to provide reasonable accommodations for your mental disability, you need a lawyer who is well-versed in California employment law. From our office in Studio City, The Rutten Law Firm, APC, serves clients throughout the Los Angeles area and has a long track record of experience representing employees facing discrimination for a mental disability. Contact us online or call 818-308-5945 to speak with one of our employment lawyers regarding your rights.