The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.” There is no definite list of such disabilities, which makes it easy for people to discriminate against those with a physical or mental limitation. However, the ADA and California labor laws make it clear that it is illegal to treat someone unequally due to their disability.
Calif. Civ. Code § 54-55.3 outlaws discrimination due to impairment or disability, as does the Fair Employment and Housing Act, found in Calif. Gov. Code § 12940-12951. Discrimination can come in many forms, including verbal harassment, intimidation, unequal treatment or wrongful termination. Anyone who experiences discrimination in this way should not be afraid to “blow the whistle” by reporting the act to their employer. It may still be necessary to hire an Orange County employment attorney, however, if mediation or litigation becomes necessary.
Employment Lawyer’s Group has extensive experience and skill in handling discrimination cases. Whether you need counsel regarding your situation or you need an aggressive litigator to fight for your rights in court, we could help. For three years straight, Attorney Karl Gerber has been selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers® for his excellent and ethical legal service in the area of employment law. If you are in need of an Orange County disability discrimination lawyer, don’t hesitate to call our firm. We could review your case for free and guide you through each step of your legal process.