Disability law is one of the most complex and often-litigated areas of employment law. In many situations, neither the employee nor the employer has adequate comprehension of the rights and responsibilities of the respective parties — with disastrous and expensive outcomes for everyone involved.
At Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., our outstanding lawyers provide experienced, timely and knowledgeable counsel in resolving employee disability and impairment issues. Call our Washington, D.C. office at 202.331.9260 for an appointment.
Disability Protection for American Employees
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) - The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate against a qualified person with a disability. It requires that employers reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship.
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) went into effect on January 1, 2009. The amendments make it easier to qualify for protection under the ADA. However, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side when filing for ADA protection or fighting discrimination charges.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — Federal employees are covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which offers much of the same protection as the ADA offers private sector employees. We can assist federal employees and employers with disability law matters.
There are also many state and local laws that protect against disability discrimination. Please contact one of our experienced attorneys to discern whether you are protected.
Washington D.C. Disability Law Attorney
Our expertise can help employees and employers with every aspect of disability law, including:
- Determining whether the employee is a qualified disabled employee entitled to accommodation
- Providing assistance requesting and pursuing a reasonable accommodation
- Working with medical providers to ensure adequate documentation of a disability and proper request for reasonable accommodation
- Ensuring that employers know the steps they must take when they believe an employee may have a disability or when confronted with a request for reasonable accommodation
- Determining whether an accommodation would be an undue burden
- Obtaining and reviewing supporting medical documentation
Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
There are deadlines for filing disability claims, so contact us today. Call 202.331.9260 or send us an e-mail.