Many times work place biases influence how we are treated at work. Fortunately, congress has enacted laws to protect us from many forms of employment discrimination. One of these laws is the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits disability discrimination against qualified individuals. The ADA prohibits your employer from taking adverse action against you because of your disability and also protects you from harassment and retaliation for complaining about disability discrimination or being involved in another employee’s disability discrimination case.
Who does the ADA protect? The ADA protects qualified individuals with a
disability. This is typically defined as a worker with any medical, psychiatric
or physiological condition that substantially limits a major life activity.
This definition has also been extended to included discrimination based
on stereotypes – sometimes called “regarded as.” For
example, an employee may have a condition that doesn’t affect him
or her in any way, but due to unfounded fears the employer believes employee
is disable and takes negative action. In a recentdisability discrimination case out of the First Circuit, the court determined that a schizophrenic worker
sufficiently pleaded that his employer forced him to stop working because
it regarded him as disabled. His complaint allege that he had been removed
from his job even though he had favorable medical reports and that his
employer mistakenly believed his psychiatric condition limited his ability
to do his job. The court also determined that the employee’s schizophrenia
had not had a substantial impact on his work.
Based on these determinations, the court found that the worker was entitled to bring a claim under the ADA. If you have a serious medical condition or disability, you may be protected by the ADA. If you believe you have been discriminated at work it’s important to speak to an experienced Atlanta discrimination lawyer to determine your next steps.
For more information, contact the dedicated Georgia worker’s rights attorneys at Buckley Beal LLP, LLC to fight back and ensure your rights are protected.