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What Does Disability Discrimination in the Workplace Look Like?


California is committed to eliminating discrimination in the workplace, and our laws are designed to ensure that everyone can receive equal pay and treatment regardless of any disability they may have.

Disability discrimination in the workplace is illegal under both state and federal law, which makes it important for employers to understand their legal obligations when it comes to treating disabled employees.

When a person experiences discrimination based on their disability, they can file a claim with either the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These organizations are responsible for investigating claims of disability discrimination and ensuring that employers comply with all relevant laws.

Identifying Disability Discrimination at Work

Disability discrimination can take on various forms in the workplace. As a consequence, it’s not always easy for employees to tell when their employers are violating their rights, so the validity of their claims isn’t always apparent.

Here are a few situations in which disability discrimination may have occurred:

  • Refusing to hire or promote a qualified individual with a disability
  • Failing to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee with a disability
  • Subjecting an employee with a disability to harassment due to his or her disability
  • Denying an employee certain job benefits available to other employees because of the employee's disability
  • Retaliating against an employee who has complained about discrimination based on their disability
  • Paying an employee less simply because they have a disability
  • Terminating someone solely because of their disability
  • Implementing workplace rules that negatively impact individuals with disabilities more than other employees
  • Not providing necessary equipment, such as wheelchairs or hearing aids, to employees with a disability
  • Failing to provide accessible restrooms, parking spots, or pathways for individuals with disabilities

If you have experienced any of these situations at work, you may have a disability discrimination claim. If you aren’t sure, however, you should consult with an employment lawyer who can evaluate your claim and offer legal advice.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

K2 Employment Law understands the complexities of disability discrimination claims and is committed to helping you navigate the process. Our team of experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and provide tailored advice for each individual’s situation.

We have experience in representing clients who have been discriminated against due to their disabilities, from complex litigation cases to out-of-court settlements.

Learn more about how we can help you during a free consultation. Send us a message online to get started.