Sometimes people have medical conditions that might result in a disability, or the perception of a disability. It is important that employers try to help a person with a disability by making some accommodations. If a person is fired or forced to quite because they feel that the employer was singling them out for ridicule or punishment based on their disability, they might be the victim of discrimination.
While the case has yet to be heard, a man in West Virginia recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, after the man claimed that he was fired because of his heart condition, or his perceived medical condition.
If someone believes that they have been wrongfully terminated in West Virginia, they might be wise to speak with an experienced employment law attorney. They can help the person understand their rights and work to remedy the situation or seek compensation.
It is important that people feel comfortable in their workplace. Even if a person isn't fired because of a disability, they might still be made to feel uncomfortable or not given appropriate accommodations, which might also be illegal discrimination.
Depending on the situation, an attorney can advise a person on what actions they might decide to take. This can include filing a lawsuit and seeking compensation for lost wages because of a firing. In a case of discrimination it could add protection for the person from firing. Both state laws and some federal laws can protect people against illegal actions such as this by employers.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Man sues Selah Corporation for discrimination," Kyla Asbury, June 28, 2013