Miami’s Preferred Disability Discrimination Attorneys
FairLaw Firm Offers Free Case Evaluations in Florida
All too often, workers across Florida and the United States are unfairly discriminated against based on their disabilities. An employer does not have the right to refuse to hire someone with a disability because they believe the person may be a future liability to their company. Nor do they have the right to terminate a person with a disability because they think they will be unable to do their job. Just because you have a disability does not mean you cannot be an excellent asset to any company in any industry. If you believe you have encountered employment discrimination due to your disability, give the disability discrimination attorneys at Miami’s FairLaw Firm a call to request a free case evaluation.
Protection Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) prohibit employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against workers with disabilities. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more significant functions. If you have a disability or even a perceived disability, you have the right to be treated the same as everyone else regarding employment. Public and private employers across all sectors and industries should be fair when it comes to hiring, firing, promoting, laying off, training, and accommodating their employees. Employers may not legally terminate you as long as you can do your job (with or without reasonable accommodations). Examples of disability discrimination in the workplace include:
- Refusal to hire someone with a disability
- Demoting or firing someone due to their disability
- Denying someone health insurance, benefits, or promotions due to their disability
- Paying someone with a disability lower wages than others doing the same job
- Retaliating against someone for filing a disability discrimination claim
- Creating a hostile work environment fostering harassment regarding disabilities
Two other Florida state laws you should be aware of are the Public Employment Discrimination Law and the Vocational Rehabilitation Law. The first prohibits municipal and county employment discrimination as long as the individual is competent and able to do their job. The latter prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and those who require a service animal from public employers. Employers who violate disability discrimination laws may be required to pay compensatory damages and back pay or benefits to those they have harmed with such behavior.
What to Know About Filing Disability Discrimination Claims
Many people fail to file disability discrimination claims out of fear of future retaliation from their employers. Under state and federal laws, you are protected from retaliation when filing an employment discrimination claim with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Additionally, you are also protected from retaliation if you act as a witness for another employee’s disability discrimination claim. However, time limitations may apply when filing discrimination claims. It is in your best interest to consult a workplace discrimination lawyer with the resources and experience necessary to see your case to completion, even if it means going to court. FairLaw Firm is just such a law firm, backed by a sterling reputation of achieving desirable results.
Discriminated Against in the Workplace? How FairLaw Firm Helps
Since 2004, FairLaw Firm has been an advocate for workers across the Miami area faced with everything from workplace discrimination to wrongful termination, whistleblowing, and severance agreements. Our attorneys communicate with clients in terms they can understand to make the legal process feel less scary, overwhelming, or confusing. We offer our legal services in English and Spanish to put every client completely at ease from the moment they step into our office. If you are a new client, we provide free case evaluations. We may be able to take on your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning you have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you talk to our compassionate, resourceful team today.
Request a Free Case Evaluation from Our Employment Attorneys
Do you think you may have a case for our employment attorneys in Miami, FL? Contact FairLaw Firm today to request a free initial consultation for our legal services. We will set up your appointment at a time that is convenient for you. Whether you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against by a current, former, or prospective employer due to your disability, we are always here to help. Get an idea about our capabilities and realistic outcomes for your case by checking out our client testimonials!