According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 53 million adults who reside in the United States live with some type of physical or mental disability. While many disabilities prevent an individual from working, other people with disabilities are able to perform the duties of certain jobs and continue to earn a living. The law provides equal employment protections for Nevada employees or job applicants with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state employment laws.
If you have a disability and believe that your rights have been violated due to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, you should not wait to call the experienced Las Vegas disability discrimination lawyers at HKM Employment Attorneys. Our legal team can also assist employers who have been accused of unlawful discrimination, so please contact our office today.
Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations Explained – Video
Types of Disability Discrimination Claims
Like discrimination based on other factors such as sex, race, or religion, disability discrimination can come in many different forms. Some examples of such unlawful discrimination include the following:
- Asking about an actual or perceived disability in the interview or application process;
- Refusing to hire a candidate because of an actual or perceived disability;
- Harassment based on a disability;
- Denial of pay increases or promotions;
- Denial of benefits due to a disability;
- Terminating an employee based on their disability.
In addition, employees with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations from their employers that would allow them to perform their job duties. This can include technological tools, additional training, ensuring access to certain parts of an office building, time off for treatments, and more.
Employers are expected to grant such requests unless doing so would cause undue hardship for the employer. Employers are also not allowed to retaliate against a disabled employee for requesting or receiving an accommodation or for complaining about possible discrimination or harassment. Any employee who believes that any of these rights have been violated should seek assistance from a skilled legal professional as soon as they can.
From An Employer’s Perspective
While the law makes it clear that disability discrimination has no place at work, employers have the right to defend against claims and protect themselves from wrongful liability. Our law firm also helps employers defend against disability discrimination claims, including demonstrating that an employment action was not unlawful or that a requested accommodation was unreasonable or would cause undue hardship. You should not have to suffer losses to employ a person with a disability and we can provide experienced representation in this type of case.
Consult With An Experienced Las Vegas Disability Discrimination Lawyer Today
The law protects employees or applicants with disabilities and their right to earn a living, as well as the rights of employers to be free from unnecessary liability. At HKM Employment Attorneys, our disability discrimination lawyers have handled numerous claims and fully understand how to protect your rights under Nevada and federal laws. For more information, please do not hesitate to call our Las Vegas office for help today.