21 years ago last week the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by Congress and signed into law. This Act affords several protections, from both private employers and the government, to people with disabilities.
The ADA covers a wide variety of topics. It required phone companies to have telecommunication services for people with speech and hearing difficulties. It established equal access to public transportation (both public and private) as well as government programs and services such as voting booths and polling locations. It even required private employers to make their businesses more accessible to persons with disabilities new construction and, where feasible and economical, to current buildings.
But most famously, the Act prohibits discrimination by employers. Employers cannot discriminate against an employee, or a candidate for a position, regarding hiring, firing, promotions, compensation and benefits just to name a few. If you have been discriminated against by an employer (public or private) you need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). And if you want to sue the employer in civil court, you must get permission from the EEOC.
However, even with all of these protections, some people have medical conditions that prevent them from doing any work. If you are disabled and unable to work, contact me to discuss your rights to file for Social Security benefits.