A Review of How the ADA Affects Your Business

Posted By Cindi

Date: November 5th, 2008

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to assist individuals with disabilities to integrate into mainstream society and to prevent discrimination against them. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) handled the enforcement of ADA regulations. All businesses with 15 or more employees must comply with the ADA, which protects every person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as sleeping, standing, or sitting), or who has a record (perhaps in the past) of such a substantially limiting impairment, or who is treated or regarded by the employer as though they have that impairment (such as the employer having the fear of hiring a person who has had cancer but is now in remission because there might be a recurrence). Only a person who is otherwise qualified for the job is protected by the ADA. The employer is not required under the ADA to hire a person with a disability over a more-qualified person.

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