Disability Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants with disabilities in all aspects of employment including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.   The Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law (LEDL) is a state law that provides similar protections to individuals as those provided under the ADA.

Under federal and state law, an employer is required to make a reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified applicant or employee if it would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments or modifications provided by an employer to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities and will vary depending upon the needs of the individual applicant or employee.  The factors relevant to determining whether an accommodation creates an undue hardship include the following:

  • the nature and cost of the accommodation;
  • the financial resources of the employer (a larger, more successful business can usually afford to do more than a smaller one);
  • the nature of the business, including size, composition, and structure; and
  • accommodation costs already incurred in the workplace.

If you believe you have been subjected to disability discrimination, you may have the right to pursue a legal claim.  To discuss your questions regarding disability discrimination, contact New Orleans attorney Christopher Williams at Chris@williamslitigation.com or 504.308.1438.