Americans with Disabilities Act Claims
Disability Discrimination is Unlawful in the Workplace
The right to equal access to living and working in the United States is at the center of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA requires covered employers to provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal opportunity in the workplace. If you think your employer failed to accommodate your disability or discriminated against you because of your disability, you should contact an experienced employment attorney today.
Murphy Law Group represents employees who have disabilities and may have been discriminated against in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our Philadelphia disability act claim lawyers work with individuals who have been:
- Discriminated against during the hiring process
- Denied reasonable accommodations in the workplace
- Forced to work part-time hours
- Subjected to a hostile work environment because of their disability
- Had their employment terminated because of their disability
We represent employees of the Greater Philadelphia Area, including residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties, residents located in central and western Pennsylvania, as well as residents of New Jersey.
How Employers Violate Your ADA Rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment and/or the workplace against a qualified individual with a disability. While the ADA is meant to make the workplace accessible to all, research from the Department of Labor tells a different story:
- The unemployment rate for disabled workers is 2x that of workers without a disability.
- People with a disability with a bachelor’s degree are three times less likely to be employed than those with no disability.
These statistics show there isn’t access to equal opportunity in the workplace. We hold employers accountable for disability discrimination and ADA violations.
Application and Interview Process
Employers are not permitted to deter people with disabilities from applying for jobs. The ADA prohibits employers from discrimination based on disability during the hiring process.
- Online applications must be accessible
- Employers must not ask any disability-related questions on applications
- Reasonable accommodations for interviews or pre-employment tests must be provided
It is also unlawful to discriminate against an applicant or employee, whether disabled or not, because of the individual’s family, business, social or other relationship or association with an individual with a disability.
Denying Reasonable Accommodation
Many reasonable accommodations are no cost or low cost. Employers often deny these accommodations and cite “undue hardship” due to cost before doing their research. Of the 2,744 employers who have participated in the Job Accommodation Network survey 58% stated the accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, and the remaining said that accommodations made had a typical cost of only $500.
The ADA also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an applicant or employee for asserting his or her rights to reasonable accommodations.
Pay And Benefits: Involuntary Part-Time
Five percent of workers with a disability work part-time involuntarily, compared with about three percent of those with no disability. If an individual with a disability is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job they must be offered the same access to hours as workers without a disability.
Murphy Law Group will Fight for your Disability and ADA Rights
There are strict deadlines associated with bringing claims of discrimination, including disability discrimination claims. In fact, you may only have 180 days to file a claim or your rights to the claim could be forever waived.
Murphy Law Group represents residents of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, including residents of Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Northampton, Lehigh, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties, residents located in central and western Pennsylvania, as well as individuals residing in New Jersey, who have potential ADA claims. Murphy Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of Pennsylvania and New Jersey workers.
If you believe you have been discriminated against you should contact an employment attorney today for a free initial consultation at 215-375-0961.