It is unfathomable to think employers may discriminate against you due to a disability. Unfortunately, it can happen in the workplace and if you find yourself in this situation, you should consider speaking with a knowledgeable Chesterfield County disability discrimination attorney who can work to fight for your rights. Contact Passero Employment Law to learn more.
Do I Need a Chesterfield County Disability Discrimination Attorney?
When it comes to fighting against discrimination in the workplace, there are few things more important than having a knowledgeable and passionate legal advocate on your side. Our Midlothian employment attorney wants to hear your story and see if we can help protect your rights.
Rights Afforded Under the VHRA & the ADA
Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, employees with disabilities are protected from discrimination under both the Virginia Human Rights Act (amended by the Virginia Values Act) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employees who wish to bring a claim against their employer may do so either under the VHRA or the ADA. To bring a discrimination claim under the ADA, among other requirements, you will have to prove that you (a) have a disability defined specifically by the law and (b) can perform the essential functions of your job, with or watthour a “reasonable accommodation.” Some examples of “reasonable accommodations” may be as follows:
- making the workplace wheelchair accessible
- allowing a disabled employee the time to receive certain medical care (doctor’s appointments, necessary treatments, etc.)
- providing assistance for a hearing-impaired individual
You should note, however, that there are exceptions. For example, if your employer can prove that accommodating your condition would bear an unreasonable or extremely costly burden (known as an “undue hardship”) on the company, you may not have a claim.
Contact a Chesterfield County Disability Discrimination Attorney
No matter your circumstances, if you believe that you’ve been unfairly discriminated against in the workplace due to a disability, you can depend on our firm to be your advocate. Contact Passero Employment Law to learn more.