Menu

New York Disability Discrimination Attorneys

Contact BKL Today for a Consultation

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Under federal and state law, it is illegal to discriminate against another individual based upon perceived or actual disability in any context of life, from education to housing, employment to accessibility. Under New York law, disability is defined as “a past or present physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or has limited one or more major life activities.”

    Disability discrimination in the workplace may be intentional or unintentional by employers such as policies that may be neutral on face value, but in practice inhibit some employees in their functions. If you are a victim of disability discrimination in a New York workplace, you need Brown Kwon & Lam.

    Employment Disability Discrimination in New York

    It is illegal for employers to discriminate against a qualified employee or applicant based on disability in any aspect of employment. Discrimination can occur in the following ways:

    However, there are laws that protect employees and potential employees from such forms of discrimination.

    Americans with Disabilities Act

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.”

    In 2008, the ADA expanded disability coverage to include:

    New York State Human Rights Law

    Under the disability provisions of the New York State Human Rights Law, New York employers must provide employees with “reasonable accommodations” that allow an employee or prospective employee with a disability to perform the activities involved in the position they are seeking. This may include:

    In addition, though much of the responsibilities lie on the employer, employees must cooperate in providing medical or other information that is necessary to verify the existence of the disability or pregnancy-related condition, or that is necessary for consideration of the accommodation.

    Under the law, such medical information is to be kept confidential. The New York City Human Rights Law encompasses many of the same principles but specifically protects those employees who work in New York City.

    Disability Discrimination In The Workplace: Awarded Damages

    Disability discrimination can take forms in many ways. Some forms of discrimination are more prevalent than others. Some of the most common forms of disability discrimination in the workplace include:

    But when you face these forms of discrimination, you may wonder what you can be awarded in a successful lawsuit. Such damages awarded in disability discrimination cases include:

    Disability Discrimination Employment Lawyers

    As a New York-based employee, you have a right to a safe and accessible workplace. If you believe that you were a victim of disability discrimination or harassment, contact Brown Kwon & Lam today.

    Related News & Insights

    Call Now
    Email Now
    Back to Top