Disability is a protected category in the California workplace, just as age, race, and gender. What this means in practical terms is that employers are not allowed to discriminate against workers with disabilities through advertising, interviewing, hiring, promoting, demoting, or firing of employees.
The Law Offices of Eric A. Boyajian provide information and support to California workers who encounter discrimination when applying for a job or after being hired. To understand your rights and your legal remedies when your employer fires you illegally because of your disability or does not accommodate you appropriately, consult with our employment law attorney.
When an employee or a job applicant requests reasonable accommodation based on physical or mental limitations, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) stipulates that the employer must initiate an “interactive process.” The goal is to reconcile the demands of the job with the physical or mental limitations of the applicant or employee and determine what reasonable accommodation may be feasible.
Employees who are pregnant have specific rights related to their limitations, including pregnancy disability leave (PDL) of up to four months – or longer if longer leaves are given to people with other disabilities.
Don’t let your current or former employer get away with illegal disability discrimination. Contact our Glendale employment law firm to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your experience. We are ready to conduct a thorough investigation and advise you on the best path to justice and resolution if you have been discriminated against in your work because of one or more disabilities.