Which Employees Qualify as Disabled Under ADA?

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against anyone with a disability. A worker can’t be treated unfairly or unequally because they have a disability. If you’re a disabled worker and are being treated unfairly by your employer, you can file a claim against them. Our California disability discrimination attorneys explain which disabilities are covered under ADA.

How Does ADA Define Disability?

According to the ADA, a worker needs to have “substantial impairment” to be considered a protected disability under ADA. To qualify, you need to have a record of physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

A worker’s impairment may limit a worker’s hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, or more. The ADA extends protection to workers who have a history of disability or those who have a relationship with a disabled person. The ADA also extends coverage to those who have a condition that affects any of the following:

  • Their immune system
  • Their skin
  • Cell growth
  • Nervous system or brain
  • Digestive, genitourinary, bowel, and bladder functions
  • Brain, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, or musculoskeletal

Besides having a disability, you must be employed by a public or private company with 15 or more employees or be a state and local government employee. However, the ADA doesn’t apply to federal agencies.

California Disability Discrimination Attorneys

If your disability qualifies under ADA, your employer has no legal grounds to display discriminatory behavior against you. With an experienced employment law attorney’s help, you can file a claim against your employer for their discriminatory behavior. Our California disability discrimination lawyers have helped workers across the state protect their rights against their employers. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to obtain a favorable outcome for your case.

Contact our California disability discrimination lawyers today at (888) 796-4010 to schedule a consultation!

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