People with disabilities have the same right to work as everyone else. It is illegal for an employer to ask questions about your disability during an interview, refuse to hire you because of it, or to treat you differently or fire you because you have a physical or mental disability. Employers also need to provide reasonable accommodations for your disability so that you can
do your job. These may be changes to your job responsibilities, your workplace, or your schedule. It may also include a medical leave of absence. Sometimes supervisors or coworkers harass people because of their disabilities, which is also illegal.
Eastern Maine Law represents current and former employees in disability discrimination claims.
Employers rarely admit that they discriminated because of disability. It is not necessary to show direct evidence to prove a case. If you have a disability and are treated worse than others who do not have one that is evidence of discrimination.
Cases can be resolved early or they may go through the Maine Human Rights Commission or court. Sometimes cases go all the way to trial, but that is up to you. Eastern Maine Law is ready and willing to go to trial when necessary. The courtroom is not something to be feared or avoided. A trial is an opportunity for a case to be heard. A calm and tenacious advocate, John Gause embraces each opportunity to bring a client’s case to trial.
A successful outcome is one in which the client walks away feeling as though her rights were vindicated and she was fairly compensated for the wrong she suffered. John’s goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual client.
Almost all of the cases we handle are on a contingency-fee. That means that the attorney’s fee comes out of the recovery in your case instead of charging you up front. If there is no recovery in a contingency-fee case you do not owe us anything.