Under state and federal law it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment who suffers from a qualifying mental or physical disability. An employer discriminates against an employee who suffers from a qualifying disability by refusing to hire or terminating the employee because of their disability. An employer also discriminates against an employee with a qualifying disability by failing to reasonably accommodate the employee’s disability, or by treating the employee less favorably than other employees with regard to pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
As Congress acknowledged in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities face discrimination on a daily basis and have historically been isolated from full participation in society due to discriminatory treatment. State and federal laws thus operate to assist in eliminating discrimination against employees with the disabilities and the barriers that limit their access to equal employment opportunities.
If you have a disability and your employer has discriminated against you, retaliated against you, or failed to provide a reasonable accommodation, please contact Correia & Puth, PLLC. The lawyers at Correia & Puth are dedicated to safeguarding the rights of individuals with disabilities. Our lawyers have assisted employees with disabilities to file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Government Agencies, and local Administrative bodies such as the Maryland Commission on Human Rights and the D.C. Office of Human Rights. We have also filed complaints in court on behalf of employees who were retaliated against because they requested accommodation, unfairly denied accommodation, and were terminated because of their disability.
“Individuals with disabilities may lack access to activities that many people take for granted. At Correia & Puth, PLLC we understand these challenges and vigorously advocate to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to employment opportunities and are not further limited by conditions that are out of their control.”
Discrimination against disabled employees is prohibited under federal law through the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. Discrimination against disabled employees is also prohibited by state laws like the District of Columbia Human Rights Act and Maryland Human Rights Act, as well as by local ordinances such as the Human Relations Acts of Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince Georges County.
Whether an individual has a qualifying disability under the law is sometimes subject to dispute. The laws protect individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, individuals who are regarded as having such a disability, and individuals who have a history of such a disability. The laws also may protect individuals from discrimination who are associated with a person with a disability. If you need assistance determining whether you are an individual with a qualifying disability, please call us at 202-602-6500 or contact us online today.