Disability Discrimination Lawyer
Cleveland, Ohio

Workplace discrimination based on a person’s disability is not just hurtful; it is also illegal. If you have been discriminated against because of a disability, the disability discrimination lawyer team at Lalak LLC can help.

What Is Disability Discrimination?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar sections of the Ohio Revised Code prohibit discrimination and workplace harassment against disabled employees. These laws also protect employees who report or complain about disability discrimination.

Under the ADA, your boss, manager, or supervisor cannot make fun of you, demote you, or wrongfully fire you because you are disabled or because of a perceived disability. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for known physical limitations of an employee with a disability or perceived disability. Reasonable accommodations may include modifications of an essential job duty or transfer of a nonessential job duty to another employee or coworker.

Who Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Cover?

The ADA applies to workers with disabilities and workers who are regarded as disabled, even if they do not have a disability. It applies to full-time and part-time employees (but not independent contractors). To be covered under the ADA, you must work for an employer with 15 or more employees. You are covered under Ohio anti-disability discrimination laws if you work for an employer with four or more employees.

The ADA and Ohio anti-disability discrimination laws provide protection if you:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
  • Have a record of having such an impairment, or
  • Your employer treats you as if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for yourself, and performing manual tasks, as well as reading, concentrating, standing, lifting, bending and interacting with others.

Someone who is married to or associated with a disabled person can also be discriminated against based on their association with a person who is disabled.

What To Do If You Suffered from Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination can take many forms. Common examples of disability discrimination include:

  • You were fired because you are disabled
  • Your boss, supervisor, or manager teases, makes fun of, or harasses you because of your disability
  • Your employer makes employment decisions based on your disability
  • Your employer will not hire other disabled workers
  • You are paid less than your non-disabled colleagues with similar experience
  • Your employer will not provide reasonable accommodations for your disability
  • Your employer replaced disabled workers with non-disabled ones

If you believe you have suffered an adverse employment action due to disability discrimination, Lalak LLC can help. Contact us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your situation with our disability discrimination lawyer.

Disability Discrimination Lawyer Fighting for the Rights of Disabled Workers

Ohio disability discrimination lawyer Chris Lalak has extensive experience representing people who have been discriminated against because of a disability. He knows the laws that protect workers who are disabled, and he knows what it takes to win.

If you have suffered from disability discrimination in the workplace, contact Lalak LLC today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your situation.