Whether it’s workplace or legal, discrimination against the physically and mentally disabled is on the rise. A recent lawsuit in Pennsylvania included a man who was fired from his job due to a debilitating medical condition. In the case, the Pennsylvania man was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was allegedly fired from Akorn Inc., an international pharmaceutical company, last month due to his medical condition. Mark Stahmann claims in the lawsuit that he was fired four days after he notified the company he had a “very serious medical condition” that would require him taking time off for medical testing and treatment, according to a complaint filed last week in Superior Court in Somerville. “The plaintiff was a highly regarded employee at Akorn and his personnel record reflects consistent and sustained exemplary reviews,” the lawsuit reads. “The true reason for his termination was the plaintiff’s age, disability, perceived disability, and taking medical leave.”
Another class-act lawsuit involving legal discrimination of the mentally ill involves a case where hundreds of mentally ill inmates in Pennsylvania languished for months and even years in isolated cells. This federal lawsuit accused state prison officials of punishing the mentally ill for head-banging, hallucinations, and other psychotic behaviors instead of getting them the medical care needed. Similar lawsuits were filed across the country in recent years, in states including Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico.
Unfortunately, such cases are not uncommon. More and more lawsuits are being filed due to discrimination and mistreatment of the physically and mentally disabled. Because many of the plaintiffs often find themselves out of work, it can be difficult to carry on such lawsuits and plaintiffs often find themselves settling with the defendant in order to receive their settlement. However, if you find yourself in a similar position, you should keep in mind that there is help out there available to you such as lawsuit funding to you can receive the settlement you deserve.
Workplace and legal discrimination due to someone’s physical or mental state is illegal and it’s important to find the legal help you need if you feel you’ve been discriminated against.