Protecting Employees from Disability Discrimination
If you face problems at work as an employee with disabilities, a pregnant woman or a worker returning from a period of medical leave or temporary disability, contact an attorney at Schaefer Halleen, LLC, for dependable advice about your rights and your legal options. We offer an initial consultations and we’re thoroughly committed to protecting your rights under state and federal law.
Call 612-294-2600 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer.
The Client: Deaf female analyst
Problem: After years of outstanding performance, client was transferred to a different branch/location. However, her new management was hostile to her due to client’s need for significant accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter and a Cap-Tel phone. The new management ultimately refused to implement the same accommodations client had previously received, making it impossible for client to perform job effectively. Client sought to return to her old position, but was rebuffed.
Approach: Pre-litigation negotiation – drafted lawsuit but gave employer the opportunity to come to table before filing.
Solution: Negotiation resulting in offer by employer to return to old position, which client ultimately turned down in favor of a substantial severance package which allowed her to transition to a more trustworthy employer.
Our lawyers handle the full range of disability discrimination claims that can arise in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Greater Minnesota or the Upper Midwest. While most cases are resolved on an individual basis, Schaefer Halleen, LLC, has the depth of experience and resources to take on employment class action litigation whenever there appears to be a pattern of disability discrimination at a particular company.
These are some examples of the claims we handle on behalf of employee clients:
- Failure to make reasonable accommodation for a worker’s disabilities as required by the ADA
- Discrimination in hiring, promotion or compensation on the basis of a disability
- Discrimination based on a perceived disability
- Discrimination against pregnant women
- Discrimination or retaliation for taking advantage of protected medical or family leave rights under the FMLA
- Discriminatory practices in layoffs or downsizing decisions
- Retaliation or other adverse employer action for filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Termination, demotion or adverse changes in working conditions after returning from disability or maternity leave
Our attorneys will advise you about your rights and strategic alternatives, ranging from negotiated severance to litigation in the federal courts. To learn how you can benefit from our experience with the successful resolution of disability discrimination claims, contact Schaefer Halleen, LLC, for an initial consultation in Minneapolis.
To discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer, please call 612-294-2600.
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