You are a resident of the State of Idaho with a physical disability that limits your mobility. You have worked at a mid-sized Idaho company for many years. You were always treated fairly, with suitable accommodations for your disability. However, the company was recently purchased, and new management has been put in place. They are less friendly to you, and you fear that the accommodations that allowed you to work might be removed, leaving you unable to perform your job and placing your much-needed employment at risk. For the first time in your working career, you feel that you might lose your job. You are worried and need counsel on what you should do.

If the above scenario sounds familiar, your next move should be to contact a law firm that focuses on disability discrimination law in the workplace. Fortunately, such a firm exists in Boise, Idaho Employment Law Solutions. Led by Lieutenant Colonel USMC (Ret.) R.A. (Ron) Coulter, Esq., our firm, specializes in these corresponding fields of the law. A $75 initial consultation fee will help determine whether you may have a potential disability discrimination claim.

A respected member of the Idaho State Bar and of the local African-American community, combining the determination and work ethic of a marine who rose through the ranks due to his demonstrable talents with a seasoned and analytical legal mind, Mr. Coulter will advise you as to the strengths and weaknesses of your potential disability discrimination legal claim. If it is determined that you have a claim, he and his firm are there to work tirelessly on your behalf and to guide you through a legal process that is far more complex than you could have imagined. You could ask for no better advocate to protect your legal rights.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in employment, public accommodations, State and local governments, schools, and commercial facilities. The ADA was designed to aid qualified people with physical or mental disabilities and give them the same benefits and opportunities available to individuals who have no disabilities. It protects disabled people similar in scope to the protections provided by previously enacted civil rights laws that prohibited discrimination based on race, skin color, national origin, religion, and sex.

According to the ADA, private employers with 15 or more employees must give individuals with disabilities the same employment opportunities and benefits that they would give to employees without disabilities. The law requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants or employees, so long as such accommodations do not create an undue hardship or significant expense to the employer. If more than one accommodation is available, the employer can select the one to be given.

The law requires the job applicant or employee to have the requisite qualifications to do the job and to be able to perform the essential requirements of it.

The law also places limitations on questions regarding disabilities that an employer can pose to a prospective employee.

Disability Rights Laws

Discrimination in the workplace against individuals with disabilities is prohibited by both federal and Idaho State law. The federal law is the aforementioned ADA. The state law is the Idaho Human Rights Act. These laws prevent discrimination against: 1) individuals with substantial physical or mental disabilities; 2) individuals who have a history of such disabilities; and 3) individuals who are believed to have such disabilities, regardless of whether they actually have them. The disability cannot be minor or transitory.

In Idaho, qualified employees with disabilities have the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination. This right extends to all phases of their employment, from beginning to end, including, but not limited to their hiring, salary, benefits, training, promotions, work assignments, layoffs and firing. They are protected from hostile remarks or harassment from supervisors, customers, or other workers.

An employee covered by such laws will most likely have a viable disability discrimination claim if the employer knows about the severe and constant harassment that the disabled employee faces but refuses to take corrective measures. The disabled employee will also have a valid claim if the harassment leads to a demotion or termination.

Disability Discrimination Under the ADA

Disability discrimination under the ADA occurs when an employer who is subject to the law, unfairly treats or takes an adverse employment action against a job applicant or an employee who has a disability, has a history of a disability, or is reasonably believed to have a disability that will last for more than six months.

It can also occur when the employer fails to correct a hostile work environment for the disabled employee or fails to provide the reasonable accommodations that the employee needs to perform the duties of the job.

Additionally, the ADA prevents discrimination against an employee who has a close relationship with an individual, such as a spouse, who has a disability.

Filing a Claim with the EEOC

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in your job due to your disability, you must file a claim with the EEOC within 180 days of the time that discrimination occurred. You will have 300 days to file your claim if a State or local provides a remedy for discrimination based on the disability.

Idaho Employment Law Solutions will guide you through the process of filing a timely claim with the EEOC.

You must first file your claim with the EEOC and/or the Idaho Human Rights Commission. Only after this administrative process is completed can you turn to the federal or state court systems.

What Should I Do if I’ve Encountered Disability Discrimination at Work?

Live in Idaho and believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your disability? Your first step must be to contact a law firm knowledgeable in both employment and disability discrimination laws. Fortunately, such a firm exists in Boise, Idaho Employment Law Solutions. For a small initial consultation fee of $75, the firm will examine whether your claim has legal merit. If it does, and you decide to retain the firm, they will begin to devise an effective case strategy and explain the many steps involved in advancing your claim and settling your matter to your satisfaction. If you retain Idaho Employment Law Solutions, you will have the assurance of knowing that we have extensive experience in litigating disability discrimination claims and will always advocate diligently on your behalf.

Contact an Idaho Employment Lawyer

Idaho Employment Law Solutions is an African-American and Veteran-owned law firm providing quality and efficient legal counsel to businesses, organizations, employers/employees, and individual multi-cultural clients located throughout Idaho.

Idaho Employment Law Solutions is skilled in handling charges of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, race, national origin and pregnancy submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S.Department of Labor. Idaho Employment Law Solutions has extensive experience in handling employee complaints about discrimination or harassment before those complaints become official charges of discrimination. Idaho Employment Law Solutions is experienced in guiding its business clients through sexual harassment investigations and provides advice on a case-by-case basis about the most effective way for the employer and employee to address claims of discrimination. Contact us at (208) 672-6112.

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Ron Coulter at Idaho Employment Law Solutions has been an essential part of my small business team for over 16 years. He worked with my company to develop company handbooks, employment contracts, and employee training. His preventative work was key to our success when faced with an actual employee contract dispute in court. I am grateful to Ron’s attention to detail, phenomenal work ethic, and genuine care for his clients. Idaho Employment Law Solutions is a great partner for small businesses who want to succeed.

Codi Galloway

I was involved in an administrative procedure which could have ultimately led to my termination of employment. I contacted Idaho Employment Law Solutions which is owned and operated by Ron Coulter, a career U.S. Marine Corps Officer.  The qualities that impressed me most about Ron, was that nothing was “sugar coated”, Ron was up-front, straight forward, and Ron told me what to expect at each phase of the administrative process. When I asked a question, Ron always took care to provide a complete answer which very often included a follow-up legal analysis that a lay person could understand. Ron is an outstanding and experienced employment law attorney. He was reassuring and effective in his representation of me in this  administrative procedure.  There is no doubt, that the selection of Idaho Employment Law Solutions was the correct choice

Charlene Hamilton