South Jersey Disability Discrimination Lawyers
Advocating for Those Facing Workplace Discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was an iconic step in the right direction for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA, those who had previously been negatively impacted by discrimination in the workplace could benefit from federal protection. However influential this act may be, and despite it being around for 26 years, individuals with disabilities still find themselves being discriminated against in the workplace.
South Jersey disability discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates understand that many individuals with disabilities face discrimination in the workplace. We fight for disabled workers and ensure their rights are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Title I of The Americans with Disabilities Act outlines specific rules regarding employment for individuals with disabilities and operates under the auspices of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Title I affirms that:
- Individuals with disabilities must not be discriminated against in the hiring process
- It is the responsibility of the employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or applicant with a documented disability
Defining a Reasonable Accommodation
It is very common for employers to obfuscate what exactly they define as being a reasonable accommodation. An accommodation is anything that allows a qualified employee with a disability to perform their job. Such accommodations take many forms depending on the employee’s disability, but most often include:
- Providing temporary work specialists to aid in training for the job
- Hiring readers or interpreters for employees who need them
- Providing a reasonable amount of additional leave for medical purposes
- Giving an employee more time to complete a task
- Restructuring the hours in a work day for medical reasons
- Modifying desk heights, installing computer screen magnifiers, or readers for employees in need of them
Violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Despite the requirements of the ADA being concise and well-known, many employers still discriminate against potential and current employees with disabilities. Whether or not this is done unintentionally, disability discrimination could severely hinder an individual’s career goals. Sadly, this form of employment discrimination is one of the more prevalent, as myopic employers often question how effective a disabled employee may be, or believe that investing in reasonable accommodations to be too costly. South Jersey employment discrimination lawyers note that such practices are inherently discriminatory and could leave an employer facing harsh penalties.
Victims of Disability Discrimination have Rights
Finding and securing employment is a hard enough task, doubly so when an individual has a disability. Many interviewers will see such an employee as a liability or worse, inefficient. If an individual is qualified for the job to which they applied, and they feel as though they have been denied employment based solely or partially on of their disability, they may hold their potential employer liable for disability discrimination.
South Jersey Disability Discrimination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates Represent Victims of ADA Violations
If you or a loved one suspects that an employer denied employment, advancement opportunities, or terminated your employment based on your disability, you are urged to seek the legal counsel of Sidney L. Gold & Associates. Our highly qualified and resolute South Jersey disability discrimination lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and see if discrimination played a part. From there, we will work tirelessly to secure you the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us online or call our offices at 215-569-1999 where we offer legal counsel to individuals in South Jersey, including Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County and Salem County.