What the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did for women, people of color, immigrants, and non-Christians, the Americans with Disabilities Act did for those who are differently abled.
Since 1990, the ADA has banned discrimination in the workplace. Employers with more than 15 employees must make “reasonable accommodations” so disabled workers can do a job for which they are otherwise qualified. Employee and employer are supposed to work together to find “reasonable accommodations.”
At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, our ADA lawyers are ready to help someone who believe an employer or potential employer isn’t reasonable enough. We fight to help people get what they need, and what they’re legally entitled to. We want to help them become productive members of society.
Our employment lawyers are poised to help with EEOC complaints in the case of on-the-job discrimination. We can assist with a Department of Justice complaint if the problem involves a public entity or commercial facility.
Other Americans with Disabilities Act provisions
Accommodations are only one part of the complicated Americans with Disabilities Act. It also prohibits discrimination during the application, interview, or hiring process. Disabled workers must be on equal footing when it comes to promotions and firings as well. The law prohibits retaliatory demotions or pay reductions too.
The ADA also requires that public buildings and commercial facilities be accessible to everyone.
ADA covers both mental and physical challenges. It applies to permanent disabilities such as deafness and blindness as well as temporary disabilities such as broken bones. In general, the law covers any condition that effects walking, speaking, breathing, learning, lifting and more.
For a period of time, courts whittled away rights and then Congress passed laws that restored them. If your ADA complaint was previously rejected, it might be worth talking to Burnette Shutt & McDaniel to see if you’re now covered.