How Well Do You Know Your Rights As A Disabled Employee?

Karen DesotoPeople with impairments that significantly limit major life activity are often covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are a few things that Human Rights activist Karen DeSoto feels you must know.

What is Covered?

The impairment doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical one only. It can be a mental one as well. However, weight, height, pregnancy and homosexuality are not covered. Pregnancy is covered under a separate type of discrimination act. Furthermore, the impairment needn’t necessarily be a permanent one.

Are all Employers Covered?

An employer is only bound by this Act if the company has 15 employees or more. However, your state or county may individually have anti-discrimination laws that are relevant to companies with smaller employee strength.

What do you mean by Major Life Activities?

Activities such as caring for yourself, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, sitting, standing, lifting, concentrating, thinking, working, breathing, performing manual tasks and interacting with others all come under the umbrella of major life activities.

To be covered under this Act, your disability must significantly limit your ability to perform one or more of the above-mentioned activities as compared to how average people perform them. If your case goes to court, they will weight the severity and nature of your disability along with the long-term impact it has on your ability to work.

Also, it is important to know that even if you aren’t currently disabled you may still be protected under this Act if you have a recorded disability. This is relevant in case of a history of a substantially limiting impairment or in case you have been misclassified as having one.

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How is Karen DeSoto every woman’s inspiration?

Karen Desoto –  a trusted lawyer

  • Over the years, Karen DeSoto has earned a distinction for herself in the world of law
  • Budding attorneys in the country, admire her for her skills and knowledge about the field
  • She attended the Beasley School of Law at Temple University where she obtained a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy
  • Later, she served as a public defender and then as a prosecutor, before finally making her way to the private sector
  • By the year 2000, she established the Center for Legal Justice which is a law firm created with the aim to focus on civil rights, employment discrimination, and election law

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Karen Desoto has received recognition for her hard work