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Los Angeles Disability and Medical Condition Discrimination Lawyer

If you have been denied employment, promotion, termination, or suffered other workplace discrimination because of your disability or medical condition, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You should speak to a disability discrimination attorney in Los Angeles to get more information about your rights and legal options. The experienced employment lawyers at Aegis Law Firm can help you.

  • For almost 20 years, we have been helping real people win the compensation they deserve.
  • We have secured over $300 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
  • We have a 99% success rate defending the rights of workers throughout the Los Angeles area.

If you need legal assistance to fight your disability or medical condition discrimination case, you deserve a team driven by passion and excellence. Let a Los Angeles disability discrimination lawyer at Aegis Law Firm put their expertise to work for you. Call us today at (949) 379-6250. Your initial consultation is free, and if we represent you, there are no fees unless we win.

What is Disability or Medical Condition Discrimination?

Not every physical disability or medical condition impairs a person’s ability to do their job. However, because of biases that exist in the workplace, persons with disabilities or medical conditions are sometimes discriminated against. They are either not hired at all, or are sometimes terminated under false pretenses.

Disability or medical condition discrimination occurs when an employer wrongfully discriminates against an employee or job applicant because of their disability or medical condition. If a job applicant is otherwise qualified for a position, and their disability or medical condition is a substantial reason for an employer’s refusal to hire them, they may have a valid claim for discrimination. Likewise, if an employee suffers adverse actions or is terminated from their position because of their disability or medical condition.

The Law Against Disability or Medical Condition Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against qualified persons with disabilities in the following circumstances:

  • Pre-employment practices like asking for a disclosure of medical conditions
  • Hiring
  • Employment termination
  • Job advancement and promotions
  • Determination of compensation
  • Job training
  • Job privileges
  • Determination of other terms and conditions of employment

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also protects the right of individuals with disabilities to access employment opportunities. FEHA protections apply to employers with five or more employees.

Reasonable Accommodations

Under federal and state laws, employers covered by the law are required to provide reasonable accommodation to job applicants and employees with disabilities.

Reasonable accommodation can include:

  • Changing job duties
  • Changing work schedules
  • Providing mechanical or electrical aids to support the employee such as TTY devices for the hearing impaired
  • Allowing the use of assistive animals such as guide dogs or emotional support dogs
  • Providing leave for medical care

What is a Disability and is My Condition Covered?

Under the law, the definition of disability covers both physical and mental conditions that substantially impair a person’s life. The conditions protected include:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Use of wheelchair
  • Partial or complete missing limbs
  • Chronic conditions such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, diabetes, and heart and circulatory disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities

How Do I Prove Disability Discrimination?

To succeed in a case of disability or medical condition discrimination, a claimant must prove that they were qualified to perform the duties of the job, but were denied employment or suffered adverse action in their employment because of their disability or medical condition.

An employer accused of disability discrimination may defend themselves by claiming that their actions were based on the imminent and substantial risk of harm posed by the job to the applicant or employee, or to others.

Proving a disability or medical condition discrimination case can be very complex, which is why you need an experienced Los Angeles disability discrimination attorney to fight for you. If you are experiencing discrimination because of your disability or medical condition, call Aegis Law Firm today at (949) 379-6250 to schedule your free consultation.