FIRED FOR REQUESTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION?

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About Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodation

California and Federal disability laws require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations are required if they do not pose an undue hardship on the employer.

Employers are also required to engage in the “interactive process” with its employees as soon as they are on notice that an employee may need some form of accommodation.  

Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

•    Providing additional medical leave (separate and apart from FMLA/CFRA leave)

•    Reducing work hours

•    Job duties restructuring

•    Allowing more breaks

•    Providing a more flexible work schedule (for example, time off for medical appointments)

•    Physical changes to the work site

•    Providing special equipment for an employee

Most people, and even many employers, don’t know that in addition to disability leave many employers must also continue to reasonably accommodate their employees disabilities. This accommodation can include additional time off, restricted duties, a change in duties, etc.

If you or someone you know has been fired or mistreated because of their disability or fired while on disability or pregnancy leave, please contact us for a free confidential consultation.

Cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid after you do. Consultations/communications can be virtual if preferred.

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Case Focus: Rhonda

Rhonda is an African-American woman who had dedicated almost a decade of hard work to her Employer. She was a stellar worker and held a position in upper management. Rhonda has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disabling disease attacking the central nervous system.

Rhonda ends up taking an FMLA/CFRA medical leave and additional medical leave (reasonable accommodation) due to her first debilitating MS flare up since working for her employer. Once Rhonda’s medical condition was improving, her doctor cleared her to return to work with minor temporary work restrictions.

To Rhonda’s surprise, just 3 days before she was to return to work, she was summarily terminated without notice because the company would not “accommodate” her work restrictions. Summarily telling an employee they are fired is not a good faith interactive process. Further, the employer did not even bother to look for another temporary position for Rhonda.  This is also in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

Rhonda was also subjected to differential treatment because of her race. She was falsely accused of hiring someone for racial reasons, solely because both were African-American.  

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, retaliated, or discriminated against based on a protected category such as physical or mental disability or medical condition, give us a call at 310-400-5891 for your free intake.

“I cannot recommend Mr. Shirazi enough! I was wrongfully terminated from my long term job. I didn’t know where to turn and found Mr. Shirazi. He took the time to talk to me for an hour explaining what legal rights I had. Upon hiring Mr. shirazi he kept me up to date on every step and was honest and upfront with me. He worked miracles and got me a great settlement. Mr Shirazi handles only employment cases and his expertise was invaluable to my case. if you find yourself in need of an employment attorney, Mr. Shirazi is the one to call.”

EMANUEL SHIRAZI

Founder Emanuel Shirazi is an employment lawyer in Los Angeles representing employees who have been legally wronged by their employers. In addition to representing employees, Mr. Shirazi used to defend employers while he worked at the largest employment law firms in the country. Thus, Mr. Shirazi knows the tricks of the trade of the other side and will use that to your advantage in your case. Mr. Shirazi’s experience helps him anticipate your employer’s defense and prepare accordingly.