Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 2, 2009
After filing a Charge of Discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Dozier Law Group, LLC (dozierlawgroup.com) has settled a disability discrimination case on behalf of a wheelchair-bound teacher who was allegedly fired in violation of the ADA after the owner of the private school where he was teaching learned of his employment.
The teacher had been confined to a wheelchair since 1997 as a result of serious injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident. After finishing the school year and receiving favorable performance reviews, the teacher was reportedly informed by the school’s Director that he was being let go by the corporate office because of his “disability.” When the teacher questioned why he was being fired after doing an excellent job and receiving favorable performance reviews, he was told that nothing could be done because the decision had come from corporate. Shortly thereafter, Dozier Law Group filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC in Atlanta, Georgia on his behalf. In response, the school denied that it had acted improperly or violated any laws and asserted that the teacher had been fired for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons. After an extensive investigation of the events leading up to his termination and the continued efforts of Dozier Law Group, the charge was resolved through a negotiated settlement for $116,900.
Disability discrimination continues to be an issue in today’s highly competitive workplace, and people with disabilities face unique challenges. Disability discrimination occurs when an employee with a visible or non-visible disability is treated less favorably than other employees or job applicants because of his or her condition. Sometimes, employers do not seriously consider job applicants with disabilities for open positions based on preconceived notions of how their disabilities would interfere with their job performance. People with disabilities are protected in the workplace and in other public places by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law provides that disabled individuals cannot be discriminated against because of their impairments, and employers are required to make reasonable accommodations which would allow people with disabilities to perform their job duties.
If you believe you have a condition which qualifies as a disability under the ADA and an employer has treated you unfavorably as a result, has wrongly assumed that you cannot successfully perform a certain job or has denied you a reasonable workplace accommodation, you may have a claim for discrimination under the ADA. Because such claims turn on very specific facts and circumstances, it is important for you to contact an experienced employment lawyer. Contact the Atlanta employment lawyers at Dozier Law Group at (404) 949-5600 to learn more about your legal rights or to discuss your particular situation.
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Dozier Law Group represents clients in and around the Atlanta metro area, including Alpharetta, Fairburn, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Lithonia, Druid Hills, Dunwoody, Tucker, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Duluth, Acworth, Fayetteville, Marietta, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Chamblee, Snellville, Woodstock, Gainesville, Morrow, Carrollton, College Park, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Newnan, Conyers, Covington, Canton, Milton, John's Creek, Stockbridge, McDonough, Douglasville and other cities throughout the state of Georgia. To discuss your legal issue with an Atlanta employment lawyer, contact Dozier Law Group (dozierlawgroup.com) at (404) 949-5600.