All the across the country and even right here in Tennessee, many Americans with disabilities face challenges and struggles throughout their daily lives and even in the workplace. Sometimes, people with disabilities face discrimination by either not getting hired or by not being given the same opportunities as other employees. This kind of behavior is illegal and the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents people with disabilities from being discriminated against in the workplace, at home, and in public places. If you feel that you or someone you care about has been discriminated against because of a disability, then you may be entitled to compensation and should contact a Tennessee disability claims attorney right away.What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA?
This act was passed twenty years ago to help protect the rights of employees with disabilities. This act makes it illegal to discriminate based on disability or the “appearance” of a disability and requires that employers provide “reasonable accommodations” to help employees with disabilities to be able to perform their duties on the job. Since this act was created, it has been interpreted in many ways. This may make it difficult for some people to know if their disability or accommodation is covered under this act. This has led to Congress to pass the ADA Amendment Act of 2009 or ADAA. Some things that the ADA and the new Amendment cover may include but are not limited to:
- Physical or mental impairment that limits daily functions (i.e. eating, breathing, working, walking)
- People with record of an impairment
- People who are seen to or regarded as having an impairment
- Not having to have your disability understood by an employer
If an employer hires someone with a disability or impairment, then they are required by law to provide “reasonable accommodations” for that employee so they can properly complete their work. Some of these accommodations might include:
- The workplace and space being physically accessible
- Modified or flexible work schedules
- Modification of equipment or materials
- Providing readers and interpreters
An employer is not allowed to require medical tests or exams before hiring based on an injury or disability. They are also not permitted to limit opportunities to certain employees because of a disability.How Can a Tennessee Disability Claims Attorney Help Me If I Have Been Discriminated Against Due To Disability?
If you or a loved one feel that you have been discriminated against or unfairly treated or even if accommodations were not made for you because of a disability, then the disability claims attorneys here at The Higgins Firm, are here to help you. We will hear your case, and work with your employer, and make sure that your rights under the ADA and ADAA are enforced and you get the treatment you deserve. Contact one of our ADA labor lawyers today.
Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.