Having a disability doesn’t mean you have to settle for a reduced quality of life. Legal regulations are in effect to ensure that you receive equal treatment from both government and commercial entities. If you feel you’ve been wronged based on the provisions of these statutes, our disability attorney in L.A. can answer further questions.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its subsequent revisions protect against disability discrimination across a wide range of organizations and situations. Most significantly, it requires employers to provide equal opportunity and treatment to employees regardless of disability, mental or physical. They must also make reasonable accommodations in workplace conditions to allow disabled employees to perform their jobs.
In addition, state and local services such as schools, public transit and housing cannot discriminate based on disabilities. Regulations call for all programs and facilities to include modifications allowing physical access to all individuals. This mandate also applies to public places such as restaurants, hotels and stores.
Federal government entities are covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This statute requires affirmative action and nondiscrimination regarding employment of disabled individuals by Federal agencies along with any of their contractors or subcontractors that have contracts totaling more than $10,000.
The Act further states that qualified individuals with disabilities cannot be denied benefits from programs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that receive government funding. Federal agencies must also have technology in place allowing disabled individuals to access any information materials.
A disability should not prevent you from leading a productive life. Please contact us for assistance from an experienced disability attorney in L.A. who will stand up for your rights.