Indianapolis Lawyer Protecting the Rights of the Disabled
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that protects disabled individuals from workplace discrimination. This law prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities when making employment-related decisions. For example, an employer cannot terminate someone simply because he has a physical disability.
This isn’t the only protection provided by the ADA. Under this law, employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals. If your right to a reasonable accommodation has been violated, contact the attorneys at Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. as soon as possible.
What Are Your Rights to Reasonable Accommodations in Indiana?
A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment or modification that an employer can make to help disabled individuals perform their job or enjoy employment benefits. These modifications may affect the hiring process, application, work environment, or job duties.
The reasonable accommodations that disabled individuals need vary on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of their work and disabilities. Some examples of reasonable accommodations may include:
- Providing a sign language interpreter to a deaf job candidate during a job interview.
- Allowing an employee with diabetes to take short breaks throughout their shift in order to monitor their blood sugar levels.
- Making an office more wheelchair-accessible for a disabled employee who uses a wheelchair.
- Installing software that magnifies the text on the computer screen for a worker who has low vision.
- Adjusting the company’s policy that bans animals in the workplace in order to accommodate an employee with a service animal.
These accommodations give disabled individuals the opportunity to perform their job duties and enjoy the benefits of employment. If an employer refuses to make a reasonable accommodation, they could be held liable for disability discrimination.
When Is Your Employer Required to Make Reasonable Accommodations?
Employers are not required to make reasonable accommodations unless they are requested by a disabled individual. This means you must take the initiative to request an accommodation.
Employers are required to make accommodations for disabled individuals as long as the requests are reasonable. Accommodations are unreasonable if they impose an undue hardship on the employer. By law, this means that employers are not required to make accommodations that require “significant difficulty or expense.”
However, what is difficult or expensive for one employer is not necessarily difficult or expensive for another. For this reason, an accommodation might be considered reasonable for one employer to make and unreasonable for another.
For example, a large corporation with substantial financial resources shouldn’t have any trouble making a somewhat expensive accommodation for a disabled employee. But this same type of accommodation might be considered unreasonable for a small business without the same financial resources. In this case, the large corporation would be required to make the accommodation, but the small business would not.
Employers cannot deny your request for a reasonable accommodation based on its cost alone. An employer must be able to show that making the accommodation would be an undue hardship. Refusing to make a reasonable accommodation that does not impose an undue hardship is a form of disability discrimination.
What Should You Do If Your Reasonable Accommodation Rights Have Been Violated?
If your request for an accommodation has been denied, it’s best to discuss your options with a disability discrimination attorney. An attorney can review the details of your case to determine whether or not your request was reasonable. Remember, an accommodation is only unreasonable if it imposes an undue hardship on your employer. If your employer has refused to make a reasonable accommodation, the attorneys at Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. can guide you through the process of filing a discrimination claim.
You can file a disability discrimination lawsuit against your employer, but first, you must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC). Let our attorneys advise you every step of the way and work tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome. With our help, victims can secure the compensation they deserve for this violation of their workplace rights.
Contact Our Employment Accommodation Attorneys to Discuss Your Legal Options
Have you been denied a reasonable accommodation for your disability? If so, it’s important to seek legal representation from the experienced disability discrimination attorneys at Beeman Heifner Benge P.A. Our attorneys are passionate about helping disabled individuals enforce their rights and hold their employers accountable for their discriminatory practices. Let us fight to recover the compensation you are entitled to by law. Schedule a consultation by calling 317-793-2015 or filling out the form on this website.