Former East Meadow math teacher Gagan Diwan, 29, was fired from his job after requesting classes on the first floor. Diwan suffers from muscular dystrophy. Len Leeds of Leeds Morelli and Brown, attorney for Diwan, stated, “He was asking for reasonable accommodations. Instead of trying to help him, they retaliated against him, which impacted his health.” The Indian immigrant walks with a severe limp and has great difficulty climbing stairs. Shortly after making the request, Diwan was fired. The school blamed it on a downturn in his evaluations. Attorney Len Leeds filed suit on behalf of Diwan with the State Division of Human Rights. Read Full Story
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered, but common examples of disabilities include confinement to a wheelchair, reliance on assistive devices such as canes and walkers, blindness, deafness, a learning disability, and certain kinds of mental illness. The ADA states that a business entity shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. This applies to job application procedures, hiring, advancement and discharge of employees, workers’ compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. For more information: ADA Website
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