Civil and Disability Rights
The equal treatment of all people with respect to the protections of the law and to the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. Section 504 forbids organizations, such as school systems, from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive educational benefits and services. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to, program benefits and services.
Retaliatory acts are also prohibited by Section 504. A recipient of federal funding is prohibited from intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual in response to their advocating for any rights or privileges secured by Section 504 or the IDEA.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of disability and prohibits discrimination in the offering of programs and services on the basis of disability. Qualified individuals with disabilities are protected under the ADA. There are two key parts to that definition. First, the person must be an individual with a disability as defined under the ADA; second, that person must also be qualified. The ADA requires reasonable accommodation for employee’s who can perform the essential functions of their jobs.
Work with Maryland civil rights lawyers who understand your concerns
Our law firm is dedicated to resolving civil rights disputes in Maryland. For assistance in protecting your civil rights call the Law Offices of Mark B. Martin, P.A. at 410-779-7770 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.