Austin Disability Discrimination Lawyers
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace as a result of a disability, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your mistreatment. The experienced Austin disability discrimination lawyers at The Melton Law Firm have the experience you need on your side, and are here to help explain your rights as an employee, so contact us right away to discuss your case.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified workers with disabilities from discrimination. Additionally, employers must provide workers with disabilities reasonable accommodations as long as doing so does not cause the employer undue hardship. When Austin workers are discriminated against as a result of their disability, their employer may be held liable for any loss of income or opportunity that results. The Austin disability discrimination lawyers at The Melton Law Firm will aggressively pursue justice and compensation from any employer who discriminates against a qualifying worker with a disability.
If you’ve recently lost your job in Austin or suffered any other form of workplace discrimination as a result of your disability, our legal team is prepared to help you fight for your rights. Call The Melton Law Firm at (512) 330-0017 today to discuss your legal options with an experienced employment attorney.
Do I Need a Disability Discrimination Lawyer?
Working without a lawyer to pursue a claim for employment discrimination based on disability can be an uphill battle. If your employer has already demonstrated that they don’t treat you with the same respect they do their other employees in the workplace, a lawsuit will be no different.
You will need a trustworthy, diligent, Austin employment lawyer to work tirelessly to assert your rights. With both federal and state laws applying in these situations, it is in your best interest to have a lawyer guide you through this challenging process.
Why Choose The Melton Law Firm to Handle My Case?
When you work with The Melton Law Firm, we understand the many challenges that employees face when taking action against their employer or former employer. We are here to help you understand your rights and what action you can take to hold your employer accountable for the discriminatory action you experienced.
Austin native John F. Melton has been protecting the rights of Austin workers since 1999. Mr. Melton became Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law in Texas in 2008. Mr. Melton has helped numerous employees seek financial compensation for many types of discrimination in the workplace. His experience has lead to a reputation of being able to handle complex litigation, successfully winning his clients six-figure settlements.
Mr. Melton was named a Super Lawyer each year beginning in 2011, an achievement only the top 5 percent of Texas lawyers have reached. He is also a Fellow Member of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for the top 1 percent of attorneys in Texas.
Due to time limits set by law, it is critical that you get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible after you have suffered an injustice in the workplace.
Protections Against the Discrimination of Workers With Disabilities
When your rights under the ADA have been violated, financial restitution may be sought to compensate for any actual or potential financial damages that may have resulted. The ADA protects workers in Austin living with any of the following circumstances:
- A history of impairment
- Regarded as disabled by their employer
Discrimination under any circumstance is unacceptable, especially when it involves qualified workers with disabilities. Austin workers with disabilities deserve the same opportunities for advancement and potential to grow within a business that their coworkers do.
Deciding to pursue your legal options after experiencing disability discrimination in the workplace is no small task. Below are a few frequently asked questions concerning this type of lawsuit.
What Qualifies as a Disability?
Disabilities are physical or mental impairments that substantially limit major life activities such as walking, hearing, breathing, seeing, and speaking. Also included is the proper function of major bodily functions such as the immune, digestive, neurological, and reproductive systems.
Under both federal and state law you, are protected from discrimination based on a past disability or your employer’s wrong assumption that you are disabled. If you can adequately perform the essential duties of your job, an employer cannot use your disability to make job decisions.
What Does “Reasonable Accommodations” Mean?
If your disability hinders your ability to do your job, employers are obligated by law to provide reasonable accommodations. Reasonableness is measured by considering any notable inconvenience or cost, given the nature, size, and means of the employer.
Though your employer is obligated to provide reasonable accommodations, you must ask for them. Your employer does not have to give the specific accommodation you asked for but must discuss possible alternative options with you.
What Type of Compensation Is Available?
One possible outcome of a workplace discrimination lawsuit is the reinstatement of your employment with the discriminative employer. Reinstatement may not be an attractive option to the court if your employer has already hired your replacement. Courts are also hesitant to choose reinstatement due to the probable dislike between employers and discriminated employees.
Seeking financial compensation from your employer is another possible option. It is possible to receive payment for:
- Back pay for lost wages and benefits
- Expenses you paid after having been wrongfully dismissed
- Front pay until you can find another job
- Attorney fees and court costs
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, available in cases where the employer’s behavior was particularly egregious
The exact amount your case is worth will vary depending on the specific facts of your situation. The best way to learn what types of damages are available to you is to discuss your options with an experienced employment discrimination lawyer at The Melton Law Firm.
Contact an Austin Disability Discrimination Lawyer Today
At The Melton Law Firm, our Austin discrimination attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of workers in the Austin community. Our legal team will aggressively pursue financial restitution from any Austin area employer who engages in disability discrimination in the civil court system. To discuss the particulars of your case with one of our Austin disability discrimination lawyers today, please call (512) 330-0017.