Disability discrimination in the workplace is illegal. If you are a worker with a disability, you have the right to a workplace free of discrimination as a member of a “protected class.” You may also request that the employer provide certain changes to your job so that it is easier for you to get the work done. Reasonable accommodation could include things like a modified workstation, a larger computer monitor, or an amended work schedule. The employer is obligated to provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified employee if it would not impose an undue hardship on the employer’s business. Temporary disabilities may qualify for leave under the federal or state Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Additionally, state law changed in 2007, affording greater protection to workers with disabilities than what is afforded under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Under Washington Law, the definition of “disability” is broader and covers a greater number of impairments and medical, mental, and psychological conditions.
If you feel you have suffered disability discrimination, your FMLA rights have been violated, or an employer is unwilling to make a reasonable accommodation, we would like to hear from you.
At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, we fight for workers’ rights, and we hold companies and government agencies accountable when they violate the law. We may be able to help you recover your lost wages and benefits as well as compensation for discriminatory treatment.
When to file
You have a limited time to protect your legal claims; failure to take action within a certain period of time (depending on the claim and where you work) may bar you from ever filing your case in court. SGB can help you determine the relevant filing deadlines for your case. Learn more about filing a discrimination claim.
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