COVID-19 has changed our world, at least temporarily. Many businesses are closed. Those that are open are requiring work-from-home or special accommodations for onsite employees. Hospitals are overwhelmed. That might be causing discrimination for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities are vulnerable to the virus. Yet, they are dealing with inequities at work and barriers when they try to get needed health care. The pandemic does not change discrimination laws. If you are facing COVID-19-related discrimination based on disability in Southern California, call the experienced, compassionate attorneys at Diefer Law Group.
The Pandemic Does Not Affect The American With Disabilities Act
If you have a disability and believe your company is discriminating against you during the pandemic, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) protects you.
Workplace protections include:
- Limits employers’ ability to make disability-related inquiries and require medical examinations.
- Your employer cannot prohibit you from going to your workplace for health and safety reasons (unless they believe you pose a “direct threat”).
- Employer must provide reasonable accommodations if you have a disability (unless it causes undue hardships).
Officials Have Warned Healthcare Providers Not To Discriminate
Healthcare facilities across the country have faced allegations that they are violating the rights of people with disabilities. There are limited beds, ventilators and medications available. Some facilities are giving people with disabilities a lower priority. That is discrimination.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has warned healthcare agencies not to discriminate against people who have existing disabilities.
Work With Experienced Lawyers
If you or a family member faces disability discrimination related to COVID-19 in Southern California, contact our lawyers at Diefer Law Group. Call our Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Diego offices at 951-394-3107 or go to our contact page.