Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to employees with disabilities.
The ADA defines an “accommodation” as any change in the work environment or any departure from how things are normally done at the workplace that enables employees to have equal opportunities. And disability is defined as a condition that limits a major life activity. A qualified Los Angeles Disability Discrimination Attorney can help you if you believe you have been discriminated against while on the job.
“Mental disability” includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: Having any mental or psychological disorder or condition, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, or specific learning disabilities, that limits a major life activity without regard to mitigating measures, such as medications, assistive devices, or reasonable accommodations, unless the mitigating measure itself limits a major life activity.
A mental or psychological disorder or condition limits a major life activity if it makes the achievement of the major life activity difficult.
“Major life activities” is broadly construed and includes physical, mental, and social activities and working.
If your employer employs enough employees and you are pregnant or need to care for immediate family members who have serious health conditions, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act allows you to take a leave of absence to care for your newborn or to care for your ill family member. The employer cannot terminate your employment or retaliate against you for taking this type of leave. If your employer refuses to give you this leave, or terminates your position while you are gone, you may be able to file a lawsuit for denial of reasonable accommodations.
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