Protecting The Rights Of Workers With Disabilities
Disabled individuals have the right to perform meaningful jobs in a positive work environment free from discrimination. If you have received disparate treatment at work, have been fired or have otherwise faced discrimination due to your disability, we want to help you speak up. Attorney Twila S. White has more than 23 years of experience holding employers accountable for discrimination.
Identifying Discrimination Against Disabled Workers
Unlike cases involving racial or age-based workplace bias, discrimination against disabled workers is often more overt. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the scenarios below, you may have witnessed discrimination based on physical or mental disabilities:
- Denial of time off: You may have requested time off to attend an important medical appointment or treatment only to find that your employer has denied it.
- Reprisals: You may notice that your work performance is more highly scrutinized after returning from a prolonged medical absence.
- Perception of disability: You may be perceived as having a mental or physical disability solely based on supervisors’ perceptions.
- Failure to offer reasonable accommodations: You are legally entitled to certain accommodations and cannot face retaliation for seeking out those accommodations.
Workers’ Rights Under FMLA/CFRA
In California, you may be entitled to rights under a variety of medical leave programs, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Your rights may include:
- Time off to care for a family member with a serious health condition
- Time off to address your own serious health condition
- Time to bond with a newborn child, an adopted child or a child placed for foster care
The above rights allow workers in the state of California to address critical medical and family care issues without fear of losing their jobs. However, each act contains criteria that must be met by your place of employment for you to qualify. Our team can provide additional information on your rights under these programs.
Personal Attention — Compassionate Representation
If you suspect that you have been the victim of disability discrimination, consult our team. You deserve the support and guidance of an experienced attorney familiar with employment law. At the Law Office of Twila S. White, we stand ready to serve you with care and compassion. Do not wait until it is too late. Contact us today to set up your free 30-minute telephone consultation to see how we can assist you. Call 800-521-4569. We are also available to correspond via email.