Disability Discrimination Services
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. The protections are similar to those provided to individuals by Title VII and other state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or religion.
At the law office of Winston Cooks in Birmingham, we represent individuals who have been discriminated against at work or in other aspects of their lives as a result of a disability. We seek full compensation for our clients. Although our employment law attorneys often resolve cases without the need to litigate, we are always prepared to go to trial if a fair agreement is not reached through negotiations.
Private sector employers with 15 or more employees and all government entities must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
How the ADA Protects You
The ADA guarantees equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Under the ADA, you have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities. Temporary conditions, such as a broken leg or bad back, are not covered.
In the workplace, the ADA requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" to individuals with legally recognized disabilities. This can be a modification or an adjustment to job requirements, work environment or some other aspect of a job that enables a qualified individual with a disability to perform the work. Examples include adjusting the starting time, making work facilities accessible, modifying equipment or providing audio amplification equipment to someone who has a hearing disability.
An employer is not required to accommodate an employee if an accommodation would be too expensive or if the employee has a medical condition that poses a serious risk to the worker or someone else in the workplace.
Our Lawyers Are Committed To Maximizing Your Recovery
Too many employment lawyers are willing to compromise results in the name of reaching a quick resolution. We are committed to producing the best possible outcome in every case. If that can be accomplished without going to court, great! But if your case requires an experienced litigator who is ready to go the distance, we are up to the challenge.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation, during which we will review the facts of your case, provide a frank assessment, and recommend the best course of action. We represent clients throughout Alabama, and we accept disability discrimination cases on a contingency fee basis. We only collect attorney fees if we recover a financial settlement or judgment for you.