Lawyers fight for discriminated employees with disabilities. Even employees perceived or regarded as disabled are protected under federal and state laws. 

  • Performance improvement plans – maybe you took recent sick leave to care for yourself or someone else and are now on a performance improvement plan called a PIP. Call lawyers who represent discriminated employees as soon as possible.


  • Accommodating disabilities and and sick leave – maybe you recently underwent surgery or took leave for another health issue and your employer refuses to help you get back to work. Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate employees. It starts with an interactive process for accommodation.


  • Severance agreements – maybe you are being offered a severance package close in time to an illness, surgery, or because you need more time to recover or because you are helping someone else who is ill. Don’t sign anything without asking an employment lawyer to review it first. 

Many employees are powering through many types of disabilities at work today as the following video describes:

Video transcript discussing disabilities which may include depression, the FMLA, and ADA and other challenges of today’s workplaces:

Jonas Urba, a New York employment lawyer, here with Employment Law Reality Check. I am getting many more calls from employees suffering with depression. And that’s to be expected, we’ve been dealing with COVID now for over a year. Does your employer need to know if you suffer from depression? No. But, if you’re going to ask for family medical leave, which applies if you’ve worked somewhere for 12 months and there are more than 50 employees. Or, you’re going to request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employer is entitled to know the medical facts which support your need for either family medical leave, whether it’s a specific term or intermittent leave, or whether you require some type of accommodation at work. They will ask your medical provider when did the condition begin, how long is it expected to last, and what they need to do to help you get your family medical leave. For example, leave every week or every month or whatever the need is, whatever your physician or medical provider says your need is. They will also ask how long the condition might last. They don’t need to know what your medical diagnosis is. But human resources and your supervisor should be aware that you need FMLA or an accommodation for some type of disability. And they need to coordinate with each other. Sometimes what they’ll do is the left hand won’t tell the right hand what it’s doing. And that could interfere with your ability to get enough time to actually treat whatever condition you do have. There could be an FMLA interference claim there. But it does get complicated. When you overlap the Family Medical Leave with the Americans with Disabilities Act and then you bring in the New York State Executive Law that can get kind of complicated. Clever employers sometimes can mask or cover up some of the things that might be against the law. So before you disclose your underlying medical conditions probably a good idea is to talk to some employment lawyers. I’m Jonas Urba, I serve the entire state of New York and I can be reached at (212) 731-4776, attorney advertising.

Are you looking for litigators who fight for employees with disabilities? If so, make sure to call early.

  • Did you receive a NORTS letter from the EEOC?
  • Do you need help in federal court or before New York’s Division of Human Rights?

Disabilities at work are covered under several laws which may include other claims under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended
  • The Federal Rehabilitation Act
  • The New York State Human Rights Law known as The Executive Law

Close to 60 videos are posted on a YouTube channel called Employment Law Reality Check.

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