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At The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC, our Houston federal employment lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of federal employees in disability claims. If you are living with a disability, you have a right to reasonable accommodation or reassignment to duties that can be performed in your condition, or to fair disability benefits. Each case is unique, and our extensive knowledge of federal employee rights in disability cases has proven to be of great benefit to the hundreds of federal employees we have represented over our years in practice.

Representing injured and disabled federal employees is our specialty and passion! If you are limited at work by an injury or illness, you likely feel intimidated maneuvering through the maze of federal rules and regulations. Even the seemingly simple step of determining whether you are, in fact, disabled is often a complicated legal determination. The good news is that the Federal laws that govern this area are actually on your side and we can help protect your rights.

At The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC, our attorneys bring a unique combination of experience, client-centered service along with a personally tailored approach to Federal employee disability law. From our Houston office, we represent employees of every federal agency throughout the United States and the World.

If you are a federal employee with physical or mental limitations, contact Pines Federal online or call (888) 898-9902 to discuss your options.

All Aspects of Disability Representation

The legal professionals at The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC understand the big picture and can help you with your EEO office, labor relations specialists. We understand the intricacies of federal laws rules and regulations.

For example, a disabled employee sits somewhere on a continuum of legal needs beginning with:

  • The need for Reasonable Accommodation.
  • The need for Reassignment when no accommodation will work in your position or description of record.
  • The need for OPM Disability Retirement when accommodation or reassignment is not possible.
  • The need for OWCP Workers Compensation when the injury occurred at your federal agency.

Ideally, a disabled employee would seek out an attorney who is versed in all areas of and can assist with any of these areas, and more importantly, a lawyer who can tell them what makes the most sense in their particular situation because of their unique situation.

If you have read this far you probably know that there are few firms that specialize in the nuances of all these areas. At our firm, our federal employee disability attorneys pride ourselves on understanding all of these areas and, more importantly, helping the employee determine what is the best route for them to pursue.

At The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC, we recommend a flat fee case review to our clients to help them determine the best path forward to meet their needs. After a case review, a client can decide if they would like to retain our firm to represent them.

What Is Considered a Disability?

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applied the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to federal employees.

While it does not specifically list conditions that qualify as a disability, it does categorize them into the following:

  • Physiological disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Psychological disorders
  • Having cancer, epilepsy or intellectual disability can qualify as an impairment that limits a major life activity as well.
  • The standard for determining whether you have a disability is whether your condition impairs or limits your ability to perform major life activities such as walking, speaking, learning, eating, hearing or seeing.

What Is Disability Discrimination?

You are the victim of disability discrimination when your employer uses your impairment to treat you in an adverse manner that is different from the treatment accorded to other similarly situated employees without the impairment or disability. Having an impairment should not be an excuse to refuse to hire or promote you, pay you less money, or deny you benefits that are offered to other non-impaired workers.

It is also discrimination to be harassed, sexually or by bullying, based on your disability, whether the behavior comes from a co-worker, supervisor, a non-employee or a customer. Note that you might not have a viable complaint based only on a few incidents or on one or two casual comments. The harassing conduct must have created an offensive or hostile working environment. If you report the harassment and an adverse employment decision is based on your reporting, it also may constitute an act of disability discrimination.

Litigation, Mediation & Consulting

Our firm is well versed in this area, Mr. Pines has provided numerous federal training seminars in EEO and Reasonable Accommodation to the Veterans Administration, the Army, the Library of Congress and other federal agencies. We can help you in assisting with informal and formal complaints and all aspects of litigation of EEO claims in federal administrative courts.

Contact The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC

At The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC, our federal employment attorneys focus exclusively on the rights of federal employees, federal labor unions and federal agencies. We have over 60 years of collective experience in advising and pursuing disability discrimination claims for federal employees.

Call our office today at (888) 898-9902 for an evaluation of your situation.

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