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Employment & Disability Discrimination Attorney

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Sonoma County Lawyer for Disability Discrimination Claims

Our firm represents claimants in administrative hearings before the Employment Development Department and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Employers frequently challenge a former employee’s right to receive unemployment insurance benefits. They do this by claiming the employee engaged in misconduct or quit their job without good cause.

In most cases, the reasons that may support an employee’s termination do not disqualify that person from receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Many people don’t understand this distinction. Yet a denial of unemployment insurance benefits ccan literally make the difference between keeping your home and living on the street.

Many claimants simply give up when they learn their application for unemployment insurance benefits has been denied. In reality, to be found eligible to receive benefits, it is often necessary to appeal a denial of benefits and request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

What does this mean for you? You may be able to get benefits even if they have been initially denied. But you may not be able to get those benefits on your own. You’ll need witness testimony and you’ll face cross-examination at a hearing. The process can be very confusing for a layperson to navigate alone.

We understand this process, and have achieved great success in helping our clients obtain the benefits they deserve. We will fight for your right to receive this vital benefit So that you can keep a roof over your family’s head. And if we cannot help you obtain your benefits, you pay us nothing.

What Is Disability Discrimination?

Disability discrimination, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, occurs every time an employer treats a qualified employee or applicant unfairly because he or she has a disability.

Disability discrimination also happens when an employee or applicant is treated less favorably due to a history of disability or because the person is believed to have a long-term mental or physical impairment.

An employer that falls under the disability laws is required to “provide reasonable accommodation” to a job applicant or an employee with a disability. Failure to do so causes hardship to the employee.

People in a relationship with someone with a disability are also protected by law from discrimination based on that relationship. A husband with a disabled wife is an example of such a relationship.

Any aspect of employment discrimination is forbidden by law. This includes hiring and firing, promotion and job assignments, pay and fringe benefits, training and layoffs.

Protection in Sonoma County from Disability Discrimination

Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, people with disabilities are generally protected by California law prohibiting discrimination.

It is important to understand that in the eyes of the law, not every person with a medical condition is protected. Protection requires the person to be job qualified. It also requires the person to have a disability as defined by law.

An individual may be able to demonstrate a disability in three ways:

  • One is a physical or mental condition substantially limiting a major life activity. Examples of a major life activity could include seeing, hearing, talking, walking, or learning.
  • Another is a history of a disability, such as cancer now in remission.
  • The third is a non-transitory and minor mental or physical impairment. Transitory in this usage means “lasting or expected to last six months or less.”

It is important to know and understand the protection from disability discrimination which the law gives you. If you believe you are experiencing disability discrimination in the workplace, the advice and guidance of a California disability discrimination law attorney may be needed to protect your rights.

How We Can Help

The Sonoma County Law Office of Richard J. Meechan serves injured workers throughout the counties of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Marin, Napa, and Lake County. We are experienced in protecting a person with a physical disability from discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Please contact attorney Richard J. Meechan today if you were injured at work, then fired. We have been helping injured California workers for more than 30 years. Our initial 30-minute, no-obligation consultation is free of charge.



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Understanding the Steps to Take


A General Overview

f you were an employee who was injured or sickened on the job, you are entitled to a range of benefits.


After Reporting & More

If you feel that your employer has discriminated against you because of your disability, we can help you.


FAQs & More

We have provided answers to some of the most common questions we are asked and can answer your questions.


If you are a worker with a disability, you have employment rights:

  1. You have the right to be free of discrimination on the job.
  2. You have the right to reasonable accommodation.
  3. You have the right to a good-faith interactive process.

If you have a serious disability from work or feel that your employer
has discriminated against you because of your disability, please call–

(707) 528-4409