No. If you have a disability, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires your employer to make a reasonable accommodation, as long as doing so would not create undue hardship for your employer. Undue hardship generally means significant difficulty or expense.
"This profession historically has viewed themselves as able-bodied in the extreme," says a Harvard Medical School graduate who learned she had multiple sclerosis in medical school.
A jury awarded a man who had served the U.S. in both Iraq and Afghanistan $75,000 to compensate him for being unlawfully discharged from an FBI training program for special agents. The man had been one of the top students in his firearms class, but authorities in the FBI remained concerned about the safety of someone with a prosthetic hand operating a weapon.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched a lawsuit against a company in Maryland yesterday. It is accusing the Baltimore-based mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, Fidelity Engineering, of disability discrimination and retaliation.
A national drug store chain has agreed to a $250,000 settlement with a former employee who claims that he was fired because of his disability. The settlement also dictates that the company may commit no additional violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that it must provide additional ADA training for store managers to ensure that no such violations take place in the future.
When someone is treated unfairly at work or even fired because of disability discrimination, he or she has a right to seek legal recourse. Employees are protected against such mistreatment at the hands of their employers under federal law.