What qualifies as disability discrimination under California law?
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What Qualifies as Disability Discrimination Under California Law?

What Qualifies as Disability Discrimination Under California Law?

Various laws in California protect people from disability discrimination by an employer in the workplace. This protection also extends to discrimination from housing providers and other establishments. The law defines the parameters of a “disability,” but what qualifies as a disability may change depending on the case. The following are disabilities recognized by law:

  • Loss of a limb
  • Severe speech, hearing and/or vision problems
  • Severe difficulty in learning
  • Intellectual, cognitive or mental disabilities
  • Chronic diseases and medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and AIDS
  • Chronic psychological illnesses, such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions
  • Other conditions that limit relevant day-to-day activities (examples may include bodily injury)

To determine if your condition qualifies as a disability in California, it is best to contact an experienced disability discrimination attorney. An expert’s understanding of state and federal discrimination laws can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Can an employer ask me for details about my disability?

Normally, no. While it is true that it is legal for an employer to request certification if requesting a disability accommodation, he cannot ask for copies of your medical records or ask for details about your disability. The same is true if you are a job seeker. It is considered discrimination f they questioning the extent, severity, or nature of your disability, as well as asking you to take any tests or examinations that the employer does not impose on other applicants without such a disability.

What can I do about disability discrimination?

If you are an employee with disabilities in California, the law is on your side. As soon as you perceive or suspect that an employer discriminated against you because of your disability or medical condition, contact an employment attorney for the help and compensation you deserve.

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