Disability laws protect employees from being treated differently on the basis of disability, and require employers to provide reasonable accommodation for disabled employees. In addition, state and federal law prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who seek reasonable accommodation or who report discrimination, such as disability discrimination. Disabilities can be physical or mental, such as severe anxiety and depression.
Both state and federal law require employers to make reasonable accommodations for their employees with disabilities, and require employers and employees to have good-faith discussions with each other to try to find a solution that works for all parties.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most recognized law setting forth the rights and protections of people with disabilities. The ADA was substantially amended in 2010 by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), which expanded the rights of disabled employees. The Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) provides similar protections for disabled workers in Minnesota.
If you believe that you may have been discriminated against, or retaliated against on the basis of disability, or if you have questions about the rights of disabled employees, please contact us for a consultation.