Each and every individual should be given the opportunity to use his or her skills at a job where those skills can be put to use, regardless of disability. By law, an employer is required to reasonably accommodate the disabilities of any employees in order to attempt to help facilitate that employee's success. If an employer does not make reasonable workplace accommodations, they are in violation of the law and should be held responsible for their actions.
At Lyon Law in Los Angeles, we have over 15 years of experience handling a range of employment law matters, including securing and dealing with reasonable workplace accommodations for those with disabilities. Attorney Geoff Lyon is committed to each and every one of our clients, working hard on their behalf in order to see that they receive the fair treatment they deserve in the workplace. Contact an experienced attorney at (310) 818-7700.Types of Accommodations
You are entitled to reasonable accommodations for your disabilities in the workplace, including both physical and mental limitations. Some of the numerous types of accommodations include:
- Altered work spaces
- Altered duties
- Time off work to receive medical treatment
- Transfer to a different supervisor to lessen stress
- Light duty restrictions
- More time to do tasks
- Longer or fewer deadlines
- Adaptive technology or tools
- Flexible work shifts and schedules
- Working from home
- Modifications to a building in order to make it accessible
Your rights as an employee are guaranteed by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under these laws, an employee with a documented disability may bring a claim for discrimination based on their disability, as well as for the employer's failure to make reasonable workplace accommodation for the employee.
If you are trained, qualified and have the skills that are necessary to perform the fundamental functions of a position, you cannot be prevented from obtaining employment or a promotion, forced to work in a hostile work environment, or terminated based on your physical or mental disability. Physical and mental disabilities that are frequently at the center of workplace accommodation cases include:
- Paralysis, requiring the use of a wheelchair
- Permanent injury, requiring the use of assistive devices
- Blindness or deafness
- Chronic illnesses or diseases, like Crohn’s disease or carpal tunnel
- Mental illnesses, like bi-polar disorder or seasonal affective disorder
It is important to get exceptional legal guidance before making any decisions regarding your possible employment law case. Our consultations have no charge and you don’t pay us anything unless you win. We will also advance any legal fees and expenses necessary for your case. You can contact us during business hours or make a special appointment if you need us to accommodate evening or weekend appointments. We are located just off the 710 freeway. To contact us call (310) 818-7700 or through this website via the box conveniently found on the upper left-hand corner.