A Lawyer Can Help Fight Back Against Disability Discrimination
Our Ohio discrimination attorneys can fight for your rights
Do you have a disability? Has your employer treated you differently or even fired you because of your disability? Has your employer denied your request for a reasonable accommodation or unpaid leave for your disability? If so, contact Nilges Draher LLC right away to speak with an experienced disability discrimination lawyer. We can help.
Our experienced legal team wants to learn more about your case firsthand from you. We want you to tell us in your own words exactly what happened. That way, we can explain all the legal options available to you and decide which one makes the most sense for your particular circumstance.
There are state and federal employment laws that protect workers with disabilities. The federal law is the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is known as the ADA. Ohio also has a similar law.
What constitutes disability discrimination?
The disability discrimination laws define disability. The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing or learning. Importantly, a physical or mental impairment does not necessarily have to be permanent to be considered a disability.
Disability discrimination laws also protect individuals who have a record of such an impairment, even if they are not currently disabled. The laws also protect individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability.
Some common examples of disability discrimination include:
- Terminating an employee because of his or her disability.
- Failing to hire an individual because of a disability.
- Failing to promote an employee because of a disability.
- Demoting an employee because of a disability.
- Failing to make reasonable accommodations for a disability.
- Terminating an employee for requesting an accommodation.
- Failing to work with a disabled employee to find an accommodation for a disability.
- Harassing an employee because of a disability.
There are many other ways in which people who have disabilities can become victims of workplace discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your disability, contact us. We can help.
How we can help you
Disability discrimination laws are complex. They dictate where you can file your claim, when you have to file your claim, and the relief you can ask for, among other things. Employers are conscious of what they can and cannot "get away with," and they will try to create a non-disability-related justification for whatever adverse action they took. They also have expensive lawyers protecting their interests.
If your employer discriminates against you because of your disability, or denies your request for a reasonable accommodation - which can include unpaid medical leave -- we can help. We have extensive experience representing victims of disability discrimination in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys understand what evidence matters and know how to ask the right questions.
It's important to take action right away. Guidelines called the statute of limitations limit the amount of time you can take to file your claim - for example, the federal discrimination laws limit claims to 300 days. In addition, as time passes, critical evidence can disappear. The sooner you contact us, the better.
Schedule your free consultation with an experienced disability discrimination attorney. We will answer all of your questions and explain the discrimination laws that apply to your circumstances.