Discrimination in the workplace occurs for many different reasons, as our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know. The good news is that many forms of discrimination are against the law, which means that Minnesota residents who have been subjected to employment discrimination may have legal recourse under various state and federal laws. When it comes to disability discrimination, workers in Minnesota are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or "ADA."
Unfortunately, disability discrimination can come in many forms. For instance, sometimes a person who has a disability needs to take time off from work to address the issue with medical treatment. If an employer does not allow an employee to take this time off, or if the employer retaliates against the employee for taking that time off of work, it may be shown to be employment discrimination.
Or, there are some employers who will violate the ADA by failure to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee with a disability. Although the term "reasonable accommodations" is subjective and oftentimes open to debate, if an employer is found to have violated the ADA in this manner there could be legal consequences.
At our law firm, we have seen many different forms of disability discrimination and we work with our clients to help hold employers accountable. Employers must recognize that not all disabilities are physical. Some employees have mental disabilities, which are also protected by law. In the end, disabled employees in Minnesota have rights that deserve to be upheld. For more information please visit the disability discrimination section of our website.