Disability Discrimination In The Workplace
People with disabilities want the same things that everyone else wants. People with disabilities want to be treated the same way as everyone else. These rights are guaranteed under the law. When employers or other institutions fail to make reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities, it is time for an experienced employment discrimination lawyer to step in and fight. Carter Law Offices represents persons with disabilities who have been denied equal treatment or accommodation in employment, education, transportation or housing.
Disability Cases Often Revolve Around Reasonable Accommodations
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” to employees and job applicants with disabilities, so long as the accommodation is not an “undue hardship” for the employer. In short, if you have a disability, but are able to perform a job with the help of reasonable accommodations, employers are by law prevented from discriminating against you. Often, employers will claim that any accommodations to a disabled employee would impose an undue hardship.
That is where our employee rights lawyers come in. Carter Law Offices has an active practice representing people with disabilities who have been denied accommodations in employment, education or other areas of life. Attorneys with our firm were among the first lawyers in the United States to devote a law practice to enforcing the rights of people with disabilities. We have successfully litigated disability claims in several states. Our firm is proud to receive regular referrals from highly regarded institutions such as the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.
In short, we know what is necessary to bring a successful claim under these laws. We understand what evidence to look for, and we understand how to successfully fight for full compensation, in both negotiations and in trial.
An Experienced Disability Discrimination Attorney
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.
Call the Disability Discrimination Lawyers of
If you believe your rights under the ADA or MHRA were violated, let us put our experience to work for you. Contact our Kansas City office today at 816-897-7772 or send an email. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your legal claim.