California Disability Discrimination Laws
The American with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from engaging in conduct that is discriminatory and based on the employee’s disability. Also, the American with Disabilities Act requires that employers make reasonable accommodations so that workers with disabilities can obtain or continue their employment. Reasonable accommodation means the employer must be willing to consider making changes in its ordinary work rules, facilities, terms, and conditions in order to enable a disabled individual to work so long as it does not impose an undue hardship of the operation of the business.
To prevail in an ADA action for disability discrimination, the plaintiff must show that he or she is an employee, has a disability, is a qualified individual capable of performing the essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodation, and was unlawfully discriminated against because of his or her disability. In an ADA action for reasonable accommodation, the employee bears the burden of proving that a particular accommodation would allow him or her to perform the jobs essential functions and that the requested accommodation is reasonable to the employer. An employee alleging an ADA violation may receive backpay plus compensatory damages and punitive damages if it is shown that the employer violated the ADA.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of physical disability, mental disability and mental condition that limits a major life activity. As with the ADA, an employer is required to make reasonable accommodation for the known disabilities of its employees. Additionally in California, employers are required to engage in an interactive process where the disabled employee and the employer communicate about possible reasonable accommodations.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act broadens the protections afforded under the ADA. FEHA applies to employers with five or more employees, whereas the ADA applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
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