For people who are disabled, raising awareness about discrimination is a constant battle anywhere they go. At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our disability discrimination attorneys in Long Island have more than a century of combined legal experience fighting for the rights of those who have faced discrimination. Now, we have combined our knowledge of discrimination law with advice from our disabled clients to craft an informative guide called HOW TO TREAT THE DISABLED: INTEGRATE, DON’T DISCRIMINATE.
We invite you to download this free guide and share it with anyone you know who may need help understanding how to treat people with disabilities.
First and foremost, you should understand that people do not want to be defined by their disabilities. They do not want your pity or an awkward avoidance. Rather, they just want you to treat them like you would treat anyone else.
Many disabled people work hard to empower themselves and be as independent as possible. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines regulations that aim to make it easier for people to accomplish these goals of independence, particularly in the workplace and out in public. Our guide includes tips for everyone ─ employers, store owners, and disabled people ─ on their rights and responsibilities related to these regulations.
There are strict protections for disabled people in the workplace, and many of them come down to respect and common sense. For example:
A disabled person should be able to access all the general areas of your building. This includes parking lots, restrooms, elevators, and entrance ways. Some tips for ensuring your store or business is accessible include:
A special note to building owners: Buildings that were constructed before 1990 do not have to adapt amenities to accommodate people with disabilities. However, if you do construction on your property or have it remodeled, you are expected to make adjustments for access.
You have worked hard to get where you are, and you deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. If an employer or business owner has discriminated against you based on your disability, you may have a right to compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our disability discrimination attorneys may demand:
If you suspect or know that you have been discriminated against because of a disability, do not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable Long Island disability attorney. A compassionate attorney can go over your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and outline the steps for pursuing a complaint.
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At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our disability discrimination attorneys in Long Island have always been strong advocates for people with disabilities. We are here to answer your questions and fight for your rights, whether you faced discrimination at work or at a place of business such as a store or restaurant.