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It can, but you would have to have more evidence than just a "feeling". These type of cases are usually proven either by direct comments, such as a manager saying something to another employee or to the worker themselves, or by statistics. Most often it is proven by statistics such as looking at the number of hours everyone else is given, hours that are increased, preferential hours, etc. and showing that the person that is protected by law is actually being treated differently than others.
Unfortunately, the materials that you have to have to look at statistics aren't available until an action is taken. With a disability discrimination case the case MUST start by filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). If a charge of discrimination is not filed with the EEOC and a lawsuit is filed the judge will dismiss the lawsuit as soon as the employer asks for them to do so.
When the EEOC receives the charge of discrimination they will begin investigating and often the records they obtain can be used to prove the case.