Disability Discrimination Lawyers in New York City
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No employee with a disability can be discriminated against by their employer. This mandate is regulated by law at all levels, including federal, state, and local jurisdictions.
Unlawful discrimination against you based on a disability or perceived disability will only cease once you stand up for your rights as an employee in New York. At Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP, our New York City disability discrimination attorneys can guide you through this complicated legal process, right up to litigation in a courtroom.
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- 110+ years of total legal experience
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If you believe that you have been a victim of workplace discrimination due to your disabilities, you can contact Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP. Our New York disability discrimination attorneys can help you file a claim to protect your rights.
We charge you nothing upfront for an initial consultation so please do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as you think you need help with your disability discrimination case. Call our office at (646) 490-0221!
What is the Americans With Disabilities Act?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the main piece of legislation that protects a disabled worker’s rights to fair employment. Additionally, the ADA states that employers must make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations for any employees, or third-party visitors such as vendors and patrons, with disabilities.
What is Disability Discrimination?
Discrimination against someone a disability may occur in one of numerous ways. In some instances, a manger or executive may make a derogatory comment about an employee’s disability and subsequently penalize them; although it may be claimed that the employee’s disability had nothing to do with the decision to admonish their work performance, the inappropriate comment would indicate otherwise.
Disability discrimination can impact your employment in a number of ways, including:
- Initial job application submittal
- Hiring interviews and process
- Firing, termination, or layoffs
- Promotions and advancement
- Compensation and bonuses
- Job training opportunities
One of the most common ways disability discrimination manifests, however, is when an employee will not accommodate a disabled employee within reason, which causes them to fail at essential job functions as described in their employment contracts.
What is Perceived Disability Discrimination?
In an unusual change of circumstances, perceived disability discrimination occurs when an employer has come to the belief that you are disabled in some way and discriminates against you, despite you not having that perceived disability.
Many perceived disability discrimination cases involve an employer falsely believing that an employee’s actual disability is far worse and more debilitating than it is in actuality. For example, you may require a wheelchair to get around the office but it does not slow you down; your boss, however, does not want to assign courier-related tasks to you because they have convinced themselves that you experience hampered mobility.
What Is A Reasonable Accommodation?
When an employee has a disability, their employer is legally required to provide reasonable accommodation so that they can perform their job properly. According to the ADA, a reasonable accomodation is "a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done during the hiring process."
The following are examples of a reasonable accommodation:
- Installing a ramp or making the office layout more accessible
- Providing screen readers, video phones, and other assistive technologies
- Providing sign language interpreters or making work materials available in braile
- Modifying company policies to allow service dogs or more flexible work schedules
For more information about reasonable accomodations in your workplace, you can contact theJob Accommodation Network. If you have a disability and your employer has failed or outright refused to provide reasonable accomodation, you have the right to file a claim for disability discrimination.
Contact the New York City disability discrimination attorneys at Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP to learn about your right to compensation after a violation of your ADA rights.
Outstanding lawyer. Always available, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable. Excellent at following-up both with his clients and with opposing counsel. Regardless of the size of the case, Brian will put in the work and always treat his clients with the utmost professionalism and respect.- N.W.
I received the most compassionate and professional assistance from SP&H. I felt that Mr. Heller truly cared about me and the situation I was in. He was able to be my voice during a difficult time. He responded promptly to any correspondence, took the time to explain to me any questions or concerns, and helped ease any kind of stress that I had during a dispute with a previous employer. I highly recommend this firm. You are not just a number, they treat you like family. I trusted them entirely. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your devoted time and effort in my legal matter.- A.M.
Schwartz, Perry & Heller, LLP are the most skilled Lawyers for your discrimination case in the Tri-State area. Their integrity, personal attention, and knowledge are superior. They won my case and can win yours. Nothing beats the best.- D.K.
Davida Perry and Brian Heller are very caring, attentive and highly skilled negotiators who gave me expert representation to win my negotiation and achieve my goals.- D.New York, NY
Amazing team of Attorneys. From day 1 of the consultation to the very end I felt like the most important client to the firm. Brian Heller who I dealt with personally was amazing. Whether it was a call or email responses were very prompt and I was kept informed every step of the way. Even a few calls just to check in and say hello. Truly an incredible experience and I would recommend them to anyone seeking justice. If they take your case they will fight with you to the end. A+- D.W.
On short notice, Brian Heller reviewed contracts with complex international dimensions and found important discrepancies that I and other senior-level executives had missed completely. He was fast, thorough, and detail-oriented in providing pragmatic advice that enabled us to be sure that we were getting the fairest and best possible treatment under the law. We remain tremendously grateful for his support and look forward to working with him again.- Eric
After having a terrible experience at my last job, facing the anxiety again of having to rehash the treatment was daunting. Davida Perry not only did an amazing job calming down my nerves but she fought for me tooth and nail and did a great job securing what my past employer owed me. I won’t lie, there were moments I wanted to give up, but Davida was always there to help me stay focused and realize that I didn’t need to let them win. She was really great at countering all of their arguments, I pity anyone that would try to prove her wrong. She thought of everything we need and kept me constantly updated. Mostly what I appreciated about Davida was her kindness, and her genuine care for my mental health. She wanted to make sure I was taking care of myself during a very trying time. I cannot recommend this firm enough. They all clearly care about their clients and want to do best for you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, and if you’re worried about the challenges that lie ahead be sure to team with Schwartz Perry & Heller, they will have your back and fight for justice.- T.B.
Brian was extremely helpful and responsive it helping me review my first ever separation agreement. He was able to explain the legalese in a way that allowed me to understand the risks I could be taking on down the road. After speaking to him, I was able to negotiate to include additional language in my agreement that will protect my future career. He was nothing but professional and incredibly responsive. I can't recommend him enough.- Former Client