Employees who have medical conditions or injuries that limit their ability to perform any major life activity are protected as disabled employees in the State of California. Major life activities include, but are not limited to: walking, sleeping, eating, seeing, hearing, talking, thinking, caring for oneself, learning, communicating, breathing, performing manual tasks, and working. Conditions that can be disabilities in California include: diabetes, heart disease, gout, cataracts, arthritis, insomnia, AIDS, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, migraine headaches, hypertension, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, injuries to various parts of the body, and many others. An employer cannot terminate an employee because of their disability if they can perform the essential functions of their job with reasonable accommodation. An employer has a duty to enter into an interactive process with a disabled employee to determine what reasonable accommodations can be made so that employee can perform the essential functions of their job with their disability. Your medical condition may qualify as a disability, so you should always speak to an experienced disability discrimination attorney Los Angeles to determine what your rights are.
Reasonable Accommodation for a disability can mean many different things to include, but not limited to: a modified work schedule; intermittent or finite medical leave; job restructuring, part-time work schedules; acquiring or modifying equipment or devices; adjusting or modifying training materials, examinations or policies; providing readers or interpreters, etc. An employer has an affirmative duty to provide reasonable accommodation for a known disability.