Are you a victim of discrimination in the workplace because of a disability? Has your employer refused to accommodate your disability? Have you been discriminated against because your employer believed you to be disabled even though you are not disabled? If so, you may be protected by federal and state law.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 29 U.S.C. §12101, and the Tennessee Disability Act (TDA), Tenn. Code Ann. §8-50-103, protect employees and job candidates from workplace discrimination. These laws apply to individuals with physical or mental impairments who are qualified and able to perform the essential functions of their jobs with or without reasonable accommodations. These laws also apply to individuals who have no disabilities but are mistakenly viewed as disabled by their employers.
Under the ADA, an employer must make a reasonable accommodation for a job applicant's or employee's disability, unless the accommodation legitimately creates an undue burden on the employer. Reasonable accommodations take many forms. Examples include a new chair, the ability to take more frequent work breaks, and extended leave to receive treatment for a disability. The ADA and its regulations set forth helpful guidelines on how an employer may respond to requests for accommodation.
For more detailed information about the ADA, please visit the EEOC's website.
If you believe that you are a victim of disability discrimination, call (423) 266-2121 to schedule an appointment with one our qualified lawyers today.