What Employees With Physical And Mental Disabilities Need To Know
Has your employer discriminated against you on the basis of a physical or mental disability? Federal and state employment laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants on the basis of disability or perceived disability.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the federal law that provides protection to disabled workers. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual’s major life activities. Examples of physical conditions that may meet the definition of a physical disability include:
- HIV, AIDS
- Visual or hearing impairment
- Cognitive disabilities
- Alcohol or drug addiction (employers may prohibit current use but may not discriminate against people simply because they are in a treatment program)
Mental disabilities that may meet the definition of disability include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Other mental impairments
If you think you may have been a victim of workplace discrimination because of a physical or mental disability, contact Mezibov Butler in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our experienced employment law attorneys will vigorously protect your rights.
Types Of Disability Discrimination
Disability discrimination may occur in a variety of ways. Have you been wrongfully terminated, denied a promotion or harassed because of a physical or mental disability? Has your employer refused to make a reasonable accommodation that would enable you to perform your job? Has your employer made judgments about your ability to contribute positively to your workplace simply because you have a disability? These are all forms of workplace discrimination.
Thanks to the ADA and state laws that give disabled workers a fair chance to contribute in the workplace, tens of millions of Americans with a physical or mental impairment now work and contribute greatly to the American workplace. You have a right to expect that you will be judged by the quality of your work, not on the challenges you overcome on a daily basis to do your job.