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Washington, D.C. Federal Disability Discrimination Attorney

Fighting for Victims of Disability Discrimination in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland

If you are qualified and able to do a job, your disability should not factor into whether you are hired or how you are treated. Unfortunately, disabled Americans throughout the country experience discrimination at an alarming rate. Workers with disabilities who are subject to discriminatory treatment have the right to file claims against their employers.

At Pitre & Associates, we are committed to helping victims of disability discrimination seek justice and recover damages. Our Washington, D.C., disability discrimination lawyer has over 15 years of experience and has obtained over $1 million in compensation and legal fees. We are known for our emphasis on client satisfaction and unmatched personal service. Our firm is proud to operate at the highest professional standards and handles each case with the integrity it deserves. When you come to us for help, we will do everything we can to assist you throughout the claims process and secure the best possible result.

Schedule a free initial consultation with our federal disability discrimination in Washington, D.C., by contacting us online or calling (202) 759-6544. Se habla español.

Disability Discrimination during the Hiring Process

Though some employers are reluctant to hire perfectly qualified workers who happen to have disabilities, it is illegal at the state and federal levels to make hiring decisions based on a candidate’s disability status. Keep in mind that “pregnancy” is considered a disability for purposes of classifying disability. 

You are under no obligation to disclose a disability, but some physical disabilities are obvious. If an interviewer suspects you may have a disability, they could directly ask inappropriate questions or rely on subtler lines of questioning that are designed to confirm the existence of a disability. 

You may be the victim of disability discrimination if a hiring manager asks any of these questions:

  • Do you have a disability?
  • Will you require any reasonable accommodations?
  • Do you receive any government benefits?
  • Do you currently take any medications?
  • Have you ever received treatment for a mental health condition?

The interviewer should exclusively evaluate your qualifications and whether you are a good fit for the position. A hiring manager does have the right to ask whether you will be able to perform certain job responsibilities, particularly if you have an apparent physical disability.  

Watch out for situations where a job description includes arbitrary responsibilities that seem designed to exclude people with disabilities. An office job should not generally require a candidate to be able to lift thirty pounds, for example.

If you believe you may have been subject to disability discrimination during a hiring process but are not sure whether you have a claim, we can help. Our Washington, D.C. disability discrimination attorney can evaluate what happened and walk you through your legal options.

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

Your employer cannot treat you differently because you have a physical or mental disability. This means they cannot pay you less, deny you promotions, give you unfavorable assignments, or otherwise exclude or mistreat you because of your disability status. The law also protects you from hostile work environments, so you do not have to put up with situations where your boss or peers make derogatory comments about your disability. 

If you have a disability, you have the right to request reasonable accommodations. A reasonable accommodation is an adjustment made by your employer that allows you to better perform your job responsibilities. By law, employers must consider all reasonable accommodation requests and cannot deny them outright. 

Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

  • Remote work
  • More frequent breaks
  • Installation of ramps or other accessibility improvements
  • Ergonomic workstations
  • Modifications to work processes

An employer can only deny a reasonable accommodation request if it would create an “undue hardship,” meaning it is too expensive or difficult to implement. Some employers will not negotiate in good faith and claim perfectly achievable accommodations constitute undue hardships. 

What Proof Do I Need in a Disability Discrimination Case?

To successfully pursue a disability discrimination case, providing sufficient evidence to support your claims is essential. The following types of proof are crucial in building a strong case:

  • Documentation of your disability: Medical records, diagnosis, treatment plans, and any other relevant documentation that verifies your disability.
  • Employment records: Job descriptions, performance evaluations, and records of any accommodations requested or provided. These documents can demonstrate your qualifications and performance in the role.
  • Correspondence: Emails, letters, or other communications between you and your employer regarding your disability, accommodation requests, and any discriminatory actions or responses.
  • Witness statements: Testimonies from colleagues, supervisors, or other individuals who witnessed discriminatory behavior or can attest to the impact of the discrimination on your work environment.
  • Records of complaints: Documentation of any formal complaints you filed with your employer’s human resources department or with external agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Retaliation evidence: Any documentation showing adverse actions taken by your employer after you requested accommodations or filed a discrimination complaint, such as demotion, reduced hours, or termination.

How We Can Help

Here’s how we can assist you:

  • Case evaluation: We will thoroughly review the details of your case, including all relevant documentation and evidence, to determine the strength of your claim and the best course of action.
  • Legal guidance: We will explain your rights under the ADA and other relevant laws, ensuring you understand your options and the possible results of your case.
  • Filing a complaint: We will assist you in filing a formal complaint with the EEOC or other appropriate agencies, ensuring that all procedural requirements are met.
  • Negotiation and mediation: We will represent you with your employer to seek a fair resolution, including potential settlements or accommodations.
  • Litigation: If required, we will take your case to court to fight for your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Federal Disability Discrimination Attorney in Washington, D.C. Today

You do not have to accept any form of disability discrimination. Our team at Pitre & Associates knows how to effectively approach these cases and will pursue the compensation you deserve. Our Washington, D.C. disability discrimination lawyer can help you file a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your territory’s equivalent enforcement agency. 

You only have a limited amount of time to file a disability discrimination claim, so call (202) 759-6544 or contact us online today to get started with our Washington, D.C. federal disability discrimination lawyers. Flexible payment options are available.

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