An individual with medical disabilities has hired Axis Legal Counsel after facing employment discrimination.

Disability discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason, such as medical condition.  FEHA requires that employers and employees engage in a good faith “interactive process” to determine the appropriate reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.  Employers may not request diagnosis information to determine whether an employee is disabled, because this violates privacy interests.  Individuals who succeed in bringing disability discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. 

Disabilities and medical conditions can include physical medical conditions, but also emotional conditions, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, and similar conditions. Medical disabilities do not include sexual behavior disorders, gambling addictions, kleptomania, pyromania, unlawful drug abuse, or similar conditions.

In addition, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against those who are mentally or physically disabled, or are perceived to have a record of such disability. The law requires that such workers be given a reasonable accommodation if doing so would permit them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Discrimination is unlawful under the ADA against qualified individuals with a disability who can perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Axis Legal Counsel represents clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, or other claims, Axis Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service Axis’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

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For information on retaining Axis Legal Counsel for any employment matter, contact or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation. Axis is a Los Angeles, California employment law firm serving employees all over Los Angeles and California.