Virginia Termination Based on Disability Lawyer
Disability discrimination can infect the workplace in many ways. You may be facing termination because your new boss does not think you can do your job because of a disability. Your employer may refuse to make a few simple changes that would make it easier to do your job, or perhaps your supervisor is suddenly micromanaging you after you disclosed a medical condition that has no effect on your job performance.
If you have concerns about disability discrimination on the job, a skilled Virginia termination based on disability lawyer could be an important ally. A workplace discrimination attorney from the Spiggle Law Firm who understands the legal and medical issues you face may be able to suggest actions you could take to address illegal treatment at work.
Laws Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
Americans With Disabilities Act
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that provides important protections to disabled persons. Title I of the law makes it illegal to discriminate against a qualified individual because of disability. Examples of discrimination include terminating or refusing to hire someone because of an actual or perceived disability, harassment based on disability, or refusal to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act—found at 29 U.S.C. § 794—prohibits disability discrimination in federal government employment. Its protections also extend to non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding. This law may apply in certain situations not covered by other laws.
The Virginians with Disabilities Act
The Virginians with Disabilities Act, passed in 1985, predates the federal ADA. This law, which is now part of the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA), provides important state law protections to employees of small businesses that that the ADA does not cover.
Time Limits in Virginia Disability Discrimination Cases
Anyone who believes their termination was based on a disability should be aware that strict time limits apply to their prospective case. To bring a lawsuit under either the ADA or the VHRA, you must first file a Charge of Discrimination with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Virginia Council on Human Rights (VCHR).
Employees alleging ADA violations must file a charge within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act. State law-based claims have an even shorter time limit of 180 days.
Failure to file a timely Charge of Discrimination may mean losing important legal rights under state and/or federal laws. For this reason, anyone concerned about a discriminatory termination may want to consider getting legal advice on from a qualified termination based on disability lawyer in Virginia as soon as possible.
Contact a Virginia Disability Discrimination Attorney Today
If you have experienced a termination from Virginia employment based on disability, you may benefit from the legal guidance of an attorney well-versed in employment discrimination. Qualified legal counsel could help in many ways, including:
- Explaining your legal rights
- Investigating possible legal claims that you may have
- Communicating with your employer on your behalf
- Helping you prepare and file a Charge of Discrimination
- Where appropriate, helping you pursue litigation
If you would like to learn more about these and other ways that an experienced and caring legal advocate may be able to help with your specific case, a Virginia termination based on disability lawyer is available to help. Use the Spiggle Law Firm’s no-cost online case review tool by clicking here.