Although the Americans with Disabilities Act provides some protection, it is possible for employers to fail in understanding how the law works and discriminate against certain employees. As treatment processes can be problematic for patients trying to combat or cure their ailments, some employers may not recognize that these employees are not creating undue pressure for special treatment, but are simply trying to improve their health. Especially in the case of pharmaceutical treatments, some employees may find themselves wrongfully discriminated against.
Drug treatments can have significant repercussions on a worker’s productivity, which may only persist for a short period of time. However, because of the downturn in productivity and current economic conditions, these pharmaceutical treatments can lead to a slash in hours, missed bonus opportunities, or even wrongful termination. Workers may find themselves suffering financially because of factors that are out of their control.
Side-effects that could effect productivity can be any number of negative consequences of a given treatment. Dizziness and light-headedness are both common side-effects that can make it possible for an employee to return to work, but certainly can cause an inability to focus. More problematic, nausea is also a basic side-effect of many treatments that can drain focus and make it difficult to keep at motion-sensitive jobs. For office employees, some treatments may make a worker more sensitive to light, making it more difficult to work in front of a computer screen for a long period of time.
The Americans with Disabilities Act has detailed many of the rights of workers for over a decade now. Although the law can simplify some matters, state court precedents on employment can determine the details of a claim. To learn more about how disability can affect a wrongful termination or discrimination suit, contact an employment attorney today.