It has been several years now since the Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect. Since then, numerous workers with disabilities in New York and across the United States have expected that they should be treated with respect and of equal worth to their non-disabled counterparts. More and more companies are finding new ways to offer accommodations to people so that they can adequately perform their job duties even with the presence of a disability.
Unfortunately, some companies seem to act as though the need to make adjustments for different workers is not real or that disabled workers do not deserve equal treatment. That attitude leaves too many people unemployed and wondering how they can take care of their families.
An example of this can be seen in the case of a man who lost the accommodation he had depended on for so many years after the company he worked for was sold. As reported by the New York Post, the man was ultimately fired after he asserted his inability to work without the previous or equal accommodation. Today, his wrongful termination lawsuit is making its way to a federal court in Manhattan. Simultaneously, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pursuing a discrimination case against the company.
For nearly three decades, the man was allowed to periodically sit on a stool at his factory job. This provided relief to his prosthetic leg and foot that was missing toes. The new owner required him to stand full-time, resulting in damage to his foot.