Employment and Career: ADA

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American Disability Act (ADA)- Employment Rights:

ADA protects you from job discrimination on the basis of your disability. More specifically, if you have a disability and are qualified to do a job, the ADA protects you from job discrimination on the basis of your disability. The ADA also protects you if you have a history of such a disability, or if an employer believes that you have such a disability, even if you don’t.

How can a parent/caregiver gain access to ADA services?

It’s required by law for private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor organizations, and labor-management committees.

If a company refuses to comply, you can hire an attorney or complaints alleging employment discrimination can be filed directly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC may bring suits against private employers, and the Department may bring suits against state and local government employers. A charge of discrimination generally must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. You may have up to 300 days to file a charge if there is a State or local law that provides relief for discrimination on the basis of disability. However, to protect your rights, it is best to contact EEOC promptly if discrimination is suspected. Note, it is illegal to retaliate against someone for making a complaint

Recommended websites, YouTube videos, books on this topic?

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

When needing support of Employment Rights are there any questions or observations you would recommend parents to investigate before seeking assistance?

Seek an attorney if you think you are discriminated against these cases are tricky and you don’t want to accidently omit important information.


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Americans With Disabilities Act

Written by: Erica Sonn, Esq., Attorney at Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

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