When you start a new job, you’re not thinking about the possibility of an eventual work injury or disabling illness. But work accidents happen, and they can leave you with compromised strength or reduced mobility. Car accidents, household injuries like falls or even a serious illness can change your ability to perform your job.
Your employer should take steps to accommodate you after a disability develops. This could mean transferring you to another department or position. It could also mean investing in equipment or accessibility options that allow you to continue your original position.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Read on to learn more about disability discrimination by employers.
Many employers may decide that the expense of accommodating injured or disabled employees outweighs any benefits. When this happens, your employer may begin engaging in active discrimination against you. Sometimes, this discrimination looks like a refusal to accommodate or move you to a new position. Other times, it is more overt, with an employer suddenly finding a reason to terminate your position with a very questionable reason. This is discrimination, and it is illegal.
Your employer should try to work with you
Under federal law, your employer is required to offer reasonable accommodations to help you retain your employment. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, those with physical and other disabilities are protected from discrimination in places of employment. Many employers take any steps necessary to avoid complying with this law. In some cases, an employer could start writing you up or just outright fire you when you request accommodations. Other times, simply refusing to accommodate you as needed could force you to quit your job, as you’re physically unable to perform it as you once did.
When you’re disabled, finding a new job can be difficult. Your employer’s refusal to accommodate you could have a dire financial impact on your future and your family. You don’t have to accept discrimination and mistreatment. You can fight back for yourself and future workers who have disabilities by working with an experienced Pennsylvania workplace law, disability and discrimination attorney. Sometimes, suffering financial consequences is the only way to change a business’ approach to accommodating disabled workers.
An attorney can help protect your rights and future
Whether your injury happened at work or was the result of a medical event like a stroke, you deserve fair treatment and the opportunity to provide for yourself. An employer’s discrimination in the wake of a new disability can be discouraging and financially damaging. Working with an experienced attorney is the best way to protect your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights of other workers who could face similar discrimination in the future.