Even those who know very little about the law know that there are federal rules against discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that protects individuals with many different kinds of disabling medical conditions.
Sometimes, workers end up in unfavorable situations because they wrongly assume that their employer will automatically do the right thing during their divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, many businesses will refuse to provide basic support for workers, like allowing them to take on a different role or to work from home.
Seeing a medical professional when you need to make changes at work could help you better assert your rights.
A doctor’s recommendation is key
As an injured worker with new medical issues limiting your job functions, you will typically need to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. That doctor should provide you with written recommendations that you can then present to your employer.
For example, they may recommend that you take breaks from a job that requires that you grip something continually or remain on your feet. Having your doctor’s recommendations in letter form makes it less likely for your employer to refuse to offer you accommodations.
The more detailed your doctor’s note is — and the more diagnostic and treatment records you have affirming your claim to have a condition that affects your job — the easier it will be for you to hold your employer accountable if they refuse to cooperate with you by providing you reasonable supports on the job.
Even if you can quickly determine the source of your injuries or discomfort at work out for yourself, you will need the support of a licensed medical professional if you hope to continue working despite your medical condition. Their help can connect you with accommodations or help you seek justice when denied proper support. Cooperating with the doctor can help you reduce your risk of falling victim to disability discrimination without a chance of fighting back.