Disability Discrimination Lawyer in Missouri
Carter Law Offices gives a voice to those who feel powerless to stand up for their own rights. Our experienced trial lawyers maintain an active and established practice in employment discrimination and disability discrimination.
Employment discrimination attorney, Doug Carter is not afraid to take on large employers, major corporations or government entities in the quest for justice for our clients. We represent clients in the greater Kansas City area (Missouri and Kansas).
Call 816-283-3500 for a free initial consultation to learn your rights and legal remedies for employment and disability discrimination.
We represent workers who have suffered unequal or degrading treatment on the basis of age, race, national origin, disability, or gender:
- Hiring discrimination (including reverse discrimination)
- Bias in pay, promotion, duties or discipline
- Sexual harassment or assault
- Harassment/hostile work environment
- Wrongful termination
Damages for employment discrimination can include reinstatement, back pay, front pay and emotional distress. Punitive damages sometimes apply.
Missouri's "service letter" statute requires employers, upon request, to provide a truthful and timely explanation of the reasons why a person was fired. While the content of the letter may provide ammunition for a discrimination claim, failure to provide the letter automatically subjects the employer to damages.
Carter Law Offices represents persons with disabilities who are denied equal treatment or accommodation in employment, education, transportation or housing, or denied access to places the rest of the public enjoys, such as libraries, theaters and restaurants. We bring actions in Missouri or Kansas under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including failure of employers or institutions to make reasonable accommodations for a disability.
Julie Carter established one of the first law practices in the country devoted to the rights of the disabled, and she has zealously advocated for clients in groundbreaking cases:
- She represented a security guard who is missing a hand in a lawsuit against the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, which denied him a license to carry a firearm. The federal court judge ruled that the Board's policy of automatically disqualifying those with missing limbs violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the due process clause of the United States Constitution. Stillwell v. Kansas City, Missouri Bd. of Police Comm'rs, 872 F. Supp. 682 (W.D. Mo. 1995).
- In Tucson, Arizona, a federal court ruled in Ms. Carter's favor, finding that the U.S. Department of Transportation violated the ADA by failing to timely promulgate federal regulations to insure that over-the-road buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and other disability-related accommodations. In the aftermath of this decision, Ms. Carter was featured in the Wall Street Journal and was interviewed on BBC's World Service Radio.
If you believe you were the victim of employment discrimination or disability discrimination, contact our Kansas City office for a free initial consultation. We can advocate directly with offenders to end the abuse and represent your interests in administrative proceedings or lawsuits.