Disability Discrimination in Missouri & Illinois
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All individuals should not be discriminated against for their actual or perceived disability. Whether this takes the form of unfair treatment or harassing behavior, an employer is legally prohibited from singling out a disabled employee in the workplace. If you have experienced such discriminatory behavior, you have the right to take legal action against your employer. The employment lawyers at Riggan Law Firm, LLC represent individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against due to their disability.
Examples of disability discrimination include:
- Termination or differential treatment of a worker because of their actual or perceived disability
- An employer failing to provide a "reasonable accommodation" for a worker with a disability
- An employer failing to allow a leave of absence or failing to provide leniency on violations of an attendance policy for a disabled worker if the worker needs time off as a "reasonable accommodation,” such as to obtain medical treatment
- Termination of a worker because of their association with a person who has a disability
Who Is Considered a Disabled Person?
Federal and state law provides protection for people who are considered "qualified individuals with a disability." They may include workers who have either a physical or mental handicap or a record of impairment that may limit major life activities. The United States Congress further passed a new law stating that all individuals who fall into the category of disability are protected.
Where Do You Report Discrimination in the Workplace?
In order to officially file the workplace discrimination claim, you need to contact The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You may file the claim in person at the nearest EEOC office, and you can also file the claim by mail or online. A Charge of Discrimination can be completed through the online system after you submit an online inquiry and they interview you. To contact your local EEOC office, you can call 1-800-669-4000 for voice access, or the 1-800-669-6820 "TTY" number for deaf or speech impaired individuals.
Protection Against Retaliation in Missouri and Illinois
An employer may not retaliate against an individual for opposing discriminatory behavior or for filing a charge of disability discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or equivalent state agency. An employer also may not penalize an employee for testifying or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under federal or state disability discrimination laws.
If you have been wrongfully discriminated against for your actual or perceived disability, it is important that you contact Riggan Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. A dedicated and experienced discrimination attorney can ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve and defend your rights to anti-discrimination in the workplace.
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