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FMLA & Disability Discrimination

Federal Disability Discrimination Lawyers | Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia; Federal Employees Worldwide

Few things can be as troubling as having to fight to keep your job when you have taken medical leave or facing discrimination because your supervisor will not make accommodation for a disability or temporary physical condition. At Passman & Kaplan, P.C., Attorneys at Law, we represent federal and private sector employees or job applicants who have faced disability discrimination.

Contact our Washington, D.C., office to speak with a federal disability discrimination attorney today.

Unfair Treatment and Failure to Reasonably Accommodate for Disabilities

Federal disability discrimination laws such as the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibit any adverse job action or disparate treatment — in hiring, firing, promotions, wages, schedules, work privileges, or layoffs — because of a worker's disability or perceived disability. As long as a person with a disability is capable of performing the job, he or she must be given an equal chance for employment and advancement.

One way in which disability discrimination occurs is when an employer fails or refuses to make reasonable accommodations for employees who need assistance in order to do their jobs. Examples of reasonable accommodation under federal disability discrimination laws include:

  • Providing specialized equipment or altering a workstation
  • Providing a handicapped-accessible bathroom or entrance ramp
  • Providing dictation software to those who suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Hiring an interpreter or providing TTY equipment for a hearing-impaired worker
  • Altering a schedule to allow an employee to telecommute
  • Altering some job tasks
  • Reassignment to a vacant position

The second way disability discrimination occurs is unfair hiring decisions towards those with permanent or perceived disabilities. If you have experienced unfair treatment at work and suspect it is due to a mental or physical condition, or if you believe your employer is acting on a discriminatory belief about a medical or mental health condition, contact P&K.

Our federal discrimination lawyers are ready to help you follow the necessary procedures to rectify matters and provide forceful, effective representation to protect your rights.

Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Medical conditions — your own or a loved one's — and family needs, such as caring for a new child or an elderly parent, can require considerable time off. While you are diligent in the work you do, you may find that the number of sick days and even paid vacation days do not begin to cover the time you must take to care for yourself or your loved one. In a civil society, you shouldn't have to lose your job to care for yourself or your family.

At Passman & Kaplan, we work diligently on behalf of our clients in cases involving violations of the FMLA. The law was passed to provide employees with at least unpaid leave for medical and family care without threat to their jobs. We can help you obtain your rightful paid or unpaid leave time as outlined by FMLA and state and local statutes for government and private sector employees.

Contact us by-e-mail or call 202-789-0100. Nearby clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia often choose to come to our office for clients for an in-person consultation, and we offer a long-distance consultation for federal employees nationwide and abroad.

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