Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats an applicant or employee unfairly because the latter has a disabling medical condition. In addition, it also happens when an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee.
Discriminating against a disabled individual because of his condition is strictly prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law was even revised in order to provide more protection to people.
After ADA was revised in 2009, statistics show that more and more discrimination complaints are being filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In fact, statistics show that in the fiscal year of 2010, EEOC received almost 100,000 complaints.
The revision of ADA encouraged people who are suffering from a mental illness, cancer, or epilepsy to purse a discrimination complaint. This is likely one of the main reasons why the number of complaints being received by the agency significantly increased during the mentioned year.
If you are planning to file a complaint against your employer, it is advisable that you acquire legal advice and guidance from a Los Angeles employment lawyer.