Over the past decade, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported that discrimination and retaliation are the most common issues federal employees face. Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, and disability. If you believe your employer has discriminated against you because of your disability and want to file a claim, you will need to provide strong evidence to prove your case. Our team at Pines Federal explains what you need to prove EEO disability discrimination.
What Is Considered EEO Disability Discrimination?
According to the EEO, disability discrimination occurs when an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) treats a disabled employee unfavorably because of their disability. A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity–such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning, or operation of a major bodily function.
Federal laws require employers to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability unless it would cause undue hardship to the employer. The law also protects people from discrimination based on their relationship with a person who has a disability.
Proving EEO Disability Discrimination
If you believe you face disability discrimination from your federal employer, you can file a claim against them. To file a claim, you will need to provide sufficient evidence that you are, in fact, experiencing disability discrimination in the workplace. Before you file a claim that you were discriminated against, you will need to prove that you were treated unfavorably compared to other workers without a disability. You can demonstrate this by providing information about another worker who has a similar position to yours without a disability who is treated favorably.
You will also need to demonstrate that there is no legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason why the employer treated you differently. You will need to show that the employer’s favoritism toward other works in a similar position was not based on them possessing more qualifications or having more experience than you.
Federal Employment Discrimination Attorneys
Employment discrimination cases require experienced legal representatives who can navigate the specific laws that pertain to federal employee cases. Our federal employment discrimination attorneys can help you gather the evidence you need to file a case against your employer for their wrongdoing. We have over two decades of experience helping workers who were in the same situation you are in now. We can help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact our federal employment discrimination lawyers today at (800) 801-0598 to schedule a consultation!