Discrimination

Disability Discrimination lawyer

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

There are many types of discrimination in our society and one of the most insidious is discrimination against people with disabilities. People regularly underestimate the abilities, intelligence, and competence of individuals with disabilities, intentionally or unintentionally excluding them from activities and responsibilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Their protections extend to protect people with disabilities from discrimination by employers, by local and state government, in places of public accommodation and by agencies (and entities) that receive federal money.

To qualify for protection as an individual with a disability, a person must have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. A person with such a disability not only has a right to be treated the same as those without disabilities, but also may be entitled to receive extra accommodations – in order to “level the playing field.”

If a lawsuit is necessary to protect one’s rights, and if you prevail, the laws provide for the right to have the discriminating party pay for the attorneys’ fees of the person with a disability.

If you are concerned about possible discrimination against someone with a disability, please contact Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP to discuss your options.