Proven Advocates For Workers Experiencing Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination is an ongoing problem in many workplaces, despite multiple laws against it. As a worker or prospective hire with a disability, you’re entitled to certain rights and protections under those laws. You shouldn’t have to face discrimination or unfair treatment on account of your disability.

Our team at Levy Ratner helps employees throughout New York and New Jersey exercise their employment rights. For more than 50 years, we have served as a voice and advocate for workers from all walks of life, including those with disabilities. Our attorneys are passionate about protecting workers’ rights and making a positive difference in their lives.

We know that work is a big part of your life. You shouldn’t be denied or held back from employment opportunities on account of a disability. Our goal is to protect your right to a discrimination-free workplace no matter your career path, industry or background.

What Rights Do You Have As An Employee Or Prospective Hire With A Disability?

Federal law – specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act – provides important rights for workers with disabilities. It’s designed to afford people with disabilities equal opportunity in earning a livelihood.

Employers can’t treat you unfairly or take adverse employment action against you – for example, firing you, giving you less favorable working conditions or assignments, demoting you or holding you back from promotions – on account of your disability.

Your Right To Reasonable Accommodations

The law also gives you the right to reasonable accommodations for your disability. “Accommodations” are adjustments or changes that make it possible for you to perform your job better considering your disability. Examples include:

  • Providing equipment such as screen readers, accessible desks and ergonomic seating
  • Offering modified work hours or duties
  • Allowing you to bring a service animal to work
  • Reassigning you to a more suitable position

State and local laws provide similar protections.

What Counts As A Disability?

“Disability” under the ADA refers to a physical or mental condition that impairs your ability to engage in certain activities. Importantly, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against you based on a disability or perceived disability. This means you don’t have to prove that you actually have a disability in order to pursue a discrimination claim; it’s enough to prove that your employer or coworkers perceived you as having a disability.

We Can Stand Up For Your Rights

If you were treated unfairly on account of a disability or perceived disability – whether you were passed up for a promotion, your employment was terminated, you weren’t afforded reasonable accommodations or you experienced other unfair treatment – you deserve a strong legal team that will fight for you. We have a powerful record of success standing up to employers who violate the law.

To talk about your options, please contact our firm online or by phone at 212-627-8100. Based in Manhattan, we have attorneys licensed in both New York and New Jersey.