Ensuring You Are Provided Proper And Reasonable Workplace Accommodations
All workers, regardless of disability or limitations, should be allowed to put their skills to work for the job they were employed to do. By law, an employer is required to provide reasonable accommodations for any disabled employees in order to help facilitate that employee’s success. If an employer does not make reasonable workplace accommodations, it is committing an illegal employment action and must be held responsible.
At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, our Los Angeles employment law attorneys are fiercely defensive of the rights of disabled individuals. We are dedicated to seeing that disabled individuals are treated fairly and provided for according to the state and federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that govern how disabled individuals are accommodated in the workplace.
We Protect The Rights Of Disability Discrimination Victims
There are two specific acts that guarantee your rights to workplace accommodations: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under these laws, an employee with a documented disability may take legal action for disability discrimination, as well as make a claim against the employer for failing to make reasonable workplace accommodations.
You are entitled to accommodations for your disabilities in the workplace, including both physical disabilities and mental disabilities. There are a range of protected physical and mental disabilities that are protected under the law, including:
- Paralysis, requiring the use of a wheelchair
- Permanent injury, requiring the use of assistive devices
- Deafness or blindness
- Chronic illness or disease such as fibromyalgia or carpal tunnel syndrome
- Mental illness such as bipolar disorder or clinical depression
Employers can ask for documentation, but once they have documentation of your disability, they cannot refuse you reasonable accommodation. There are many different types of accommodations that employers can reasonably make, including:
- Altered workspaces
- Altered duties
- Time off work to receive medical treatment
- Transfer to a different supervisor to lessen stress
- More time to do tasks
- Longer or fewer deadlines
- Adaptive technology or tools
- Flexible working schedules
- Time to work from home
Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC, To Discuss Workplace Access
As a disabled worker, you have rights to reasonable workplace accommodations. If your employer is not providing them, you may have recourse under state and federal employment laws.
Contact us online or call 818-308-5945 to learn more about how we may be able to help you. Our firm offers free initial consultations and takes employment law cases on a contingency basis.