An employer cannot discriminate against an employee because that employee is disabled - even if the disability is not severe.
Moreover, an employer has a duty to work with employees to determine a reasonable accommodation if that is what is needed to perform their job. What constitutes a "reasonable accommodation" depends on the circumstances. It could include simply purchasing an employee with a bad back an ergonomic chair. It might also include helping the employee find a new job within the company.
Sometimes, sadly, an employer will conclude that the disabled employee is more trouble than he or she is worth, and either fire the employee or refuse to work with the employee towards an accommodation. When this happens, a lawsuit may be the employee's best choice.
Contact our office to discuss your disability discrimination matter with one of our attorneys. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling 800-219-1920.