Disability Discrimination & Harassment
Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because he or she has a disability. Disability discrimination also occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee less favorably because he or she has a history of a disability (such as cancer that is controlled or in remission) or because he or she is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six month or less) and minor (even if he or she does not have such an impairment).
The law forbids discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Harassment can include, for example, offensive remarks about a person’s disability.
The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer (“undue hardship”). Learn more about disability accommodations and how our attorneys can assist you.