Americans With Disabilities Act
Discrimination does not only cover the race, sex, or sexual preferences of a person. It also includes disabilities that a person has. The Americans with disabilities act imposes a prohibition against employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labour organizations from discriminating against those with disabilities but are nonetheless qualified for a specific job. It prohibits discrimination in the hiring, firing, job advancements, and other terms and conditions of employment. This is in line with the state’s policy of providing equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
Individuals with Disabilities:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
- Has a record of such an impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
Important Facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act:
- Coverage. Employers covered by the act are those private employers who have 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management-labor committees.
- Qualification. The employee being discriminated must not only be an individual with a disability, but such individual must also be qualified for the job or job position for which he/she is seeking.
- Reasonable Accommodation. The employer has to make adjustments or modifications in the workplace to make sure that a person with a disability can join the application process or perform duties efficiently. It includes making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. These includes; Job restructuring, modifying work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position, acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies, and providing qualified readers or interpreters.
If you find that you are being singled-out because of your disability, don’t hesitate to contact Paulus Law . Our lawyers are highly capable of representing cases falling under the Americans with disabilities act.