What are my rights if I was terminated after reporting discrimination?

I worked for over 10 years for a big company. I have had diabetes for over 15 years. This was known from day one. I had issues controlling my sugars when I first started third shift, with seizures and what not. Recently I had applied for another position at work, one I was already doing the duties for. My manager, whom had no problems with me up until then, had been avoiding me, following me around and eventually used my dry eyes (closing my eyes while at a computer) against me to get me reprimanded, he had a friend in mind for the job. I reported this as discrimination, and was fired.

Asked on September 5, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Vermont

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you were either--

Fired for reporting illegal disability based discrimination; or

Fired because you have a disability

--you may have a cause of action; from what you write, you may be able to assert a claim under both theories. You should consult with an employment law attorney to evaluate your case then, if appropriate, take action. You may be  entitled to back wages, forward-looking wages for at least some period of time, and possible to both legal fees and additional damages for the illegal discrimination. From what you write, it is well worth your time to consult with an attorney, especially as many will provide a free initial consulation to evaluate a case. Good luck.


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