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Disability Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017    

Claims of disability discrimination in the workplace have increased each year since 2014. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability when it comes to hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms and conditions of employment.

A “qualified individual” is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the person holds or desires. Some of the most common disabilities that are covered by the ADA are cancer, deafness or hearing loss, heart and cardiovascular impairments, anxiety and depression, back and other orthopedic impairments, and blindness and vision loss.

In addition to those who actually have an impairment, the ADA protects workers whose employer has “regarded” them as being disabled even though they may not be. Attorney David Langenfeld represents workers with disabilities in cases against their employers and former employers. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.