The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 makes it illegal to discriminate in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. The ADA of 2008 provides extra clarity on definitions and language within the ADA.

Employers Covered by the ADA

The ADA covers your business if you are a(n):

  • Private employer (with 15 or more employees), 
  • State or local government, 
  • Employment agency, or 
  • Labor organization and, or labor-management committee.
  • Employment Practices that are Covered

It is illegal to discriminate in all employment practices such as:

  • Recruitment, 
  • Hiring,
  • Pay, benefits, and leave, 
  • Promotion, 
  • Job assignments, 
  • Training, 
  • Lay-off and firing, and 
  • All other employment related activities.

The ADA prohibits employers from retaliating against an applicant or employee for asserting their rights under the ADA.

The ADA does not interfere with your right to hire the best qualified applicant. The ADA does not impose any affirmative action obligations.

The ADA prohibits you from discriminating against a qualified applicant or employee because of their disability.

We Can Help

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services can provide you with information about your rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

VR partners can assist you with determining essential functions of a position and potential reasonable accommodation strategies.

VR can develop and deliver specific training and information for your hiring managers and supervisors on ADA employment practices.

VR’s partners can answer your ADA questions and concerns.

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