San Jose Disability Discrimination Lawyer
If your employer knowingly allows disability discrimination or otherwise discriminated against you because of your disability, we can help. At Mesirow & Fink, in San Jose, we want to hear your story, and we offerconfidential consultations and respond to e-mail inquiries. Our firm is committed to offering traditional legal services that focus on personalized, caring attention that helps our clients understand their rights under the law.
Both state and federal law require an employer to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. Employers cannot fire an employee or fail to hire a qualified candidate simply because he or she is disabled. At Mesirow & Fink, we have more than 30 years of experience and are dedicated to protecting disabled employees from disability discrimination based on any kind of disability or medical condition, such as:
- Paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Lost limbs
- Mental illness
- HIV or AIDS
Reasonable accommodations may include accommodations for wheelchair access, job restructuring, or additional equipment or devices to enable the employee to perform job duties. If you believe you were not hired because of your disability, or if you have been discriminated against because of your medical condition, we can help you protect your rights under law.
Laws That Protect Employees Against Disability Discrimination
Disability discrimination is prohibited by both federal and California law. While the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects a disabled employee from disability discrimination, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) offers more protection through its broader definition of “disability.”
Steven Fink and our team of lawyers and staff understand state and federal laws that protect employees. Our understanding of the law can help us evaluate your case and determine if your employer discriminated against you because of your disability. We can thoroughly explain how the laws protect you.
The FEHA Provides More Protection Than the ADA
The ADA makes it illegal for employers to discriminate due to a person’s disability or medical condition in job applications, hiring, training, advancement, termination and all other aspects of employment. However, the FEHA provides a broader definition of “disability” that gives protection to employees with disabilities that may not be protected under the ADA’s stricter definition.
Contact Our Employment Law Attorney at Mesirow & Fink
If you believe your employer is liable for an FEHA or ADA violation because it wrongfully terminated you or created a hostile workplace because of your disability, contact Steven Fink and our employment law team at Mesirow & Fink in San Jose. We can be reached by calling 408-286-1200 or by filling out the e-mail form on our Contact Us page.