It has been roughly 30 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. This piece of legislation was designed to help disabled individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere overcome the challenges that they face at work. However, true equality in the workplace has remained elusive over the past several decades.
Disability discrimination still occurs on a regular basis
Disability discrimination is second on the list of charges most frequently received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC has highlighted its recent efforts to take action against employers that mistreat disabled workers. For instance, it settled a case against cable television provider Spectrum for $800,000. In that case, the company violated the ADA by terminating a group of workers with disabilities instead of providing them with reasonable accommodations.
What you should know about reasonable accommodations
There are many ways in which your employer could provide you with reasonable accommodations as required by the ADA. For instance, you may be allowed to take unpaid leave or cut back on the number of hours worked each week. If you’re unable to perform essential tasks in your current role, it might be necessary to accept a transfer to another position within the company. Employers are generally required to engage in an interactive process to determine how to best accommodate your disability.
If you believe that you’ve been a victim of disability discrimination in the workplace, it might be possible to take legal action against your employer. This may mean filing a charge with the EEOC or taking your case directly to court. If the EEOC believes that there is sufficient evidence to prove your claim, it may engage in settlement talks with your employer. There is also a chance that the commission will take other legal action on your behalf.