The New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) protects the rights of individuals who have a physical, medical, mental or psychological impairment, or a history or record of such impairment, including sensory, mental, physical, mobility, developmental, learning, and psychological disabilities—whether they are visible and apparent or not. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides rights and protections to workers who have, or are regarded by others as having, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Walking, talking, seeing, hearing and learning are a few of the major life activities that a disability might affect.
Conover Law Offices advocates on behalf of employees with disabilities to promote inclusivity and accessibility and allow all to be full participants in the workforce. Employers with 4 or more employees (in NYC) or 15 or more employees elsewhere are required under law to provide fair treatment for disabled workers and job applicants in areas that include these:
- Reasonable accommodations — If you require certain accommodations in order to do your job effectively, employers are required to provide them as long as doing so is not too difficult or too expensive. Adjusting the schedule, allowing you to sit rather than stand, and adding screen reader software to a computer may be considered reasonable accommodations.
- Hiring and promotion — As long as a disabled job applicant or employee is qualified to perform the essential functions of a job, whether with or without reasonable accommodation, it is unlawful for an employer to look less favorably on them when making hiring or promotion decisions.
- Compensation — Paying a disabled employee less than other workers is illegal. It is also illegal for employers to use other discriminatory practices that affect compensation.
- Benefits — Employers cannot offer lesser medical benefits to disabled individuals or to individuals with a record of physical or mental impairment.
- Privacy — The law prohibits employers from sharing an employee’s personal medical information without their consent except when legally necessary.
The attorneys at Conover Law Offices are strong advocates for disabled workers’ rights. We listen closely to our clients’ needs and goals so we can work toward a favorable resolution.
If you believe that an employer treated you unfavorably because of your real or perceived disability, you can seek remedy under the law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigates employment discrimination claims under the ADA. Before a job discrimination lawsuit can be pursued against an employer, a Charge of Discrimination (or EEOC complaint) must be filed with the EEOC, and the EEOC must issue a Notice of Right to Sue. Conover Law Offices helps clients seek justice from employers who discriminate against people with disabilities. We skillfully represent individuals in negotiations and litigation so that their rights under the ADA are upheld.