Q: Is social security disability protected through ADA?
I have a friend who files for disability through social security. She is 63 years old and has chronic pain and health problems. She is making the lowest wage in a small business and is continuously discriminated through the company. She is harassed about not being able to use technology as well as some others and is frowned upon when she wants to take one personal day a year. Others in the company take upwards of twenty days a year off and she is expected to cover for them. Are there any legal actions I can take?
A: An Arizona attorney could advise best on state-specific issues, but your question remains open for two weeks. At this point, your friend could consider trying to arrange a free initial consult with a disability attorney. In terms of not being able to use technology, an attorney would want to know more about whether that involves inadequate training to use technology or accessibility issues related to disability. Any arrangements made with attorneys are outside this Q & A forum - they are between your friend and the attorneys she reaches out to. Good luck
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does provide protection against discrimination for individuals with disabilities, and this may include those receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Your friend may be able to take legal action if she believes she has been discriminated against due to her disability. She should consult with an employment law attorney to assess her specific situation and potential remedies.
James L. Arrasmith
Founder and Chief Legal Counsel of The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith
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