Consumer Focus: The Americans With Disabilities Act

February 3, 2012  

The U.S. Department of Justice provides a wealth of information on the important rights provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was enacted to provide protection to those with disabilities against discrimination, but also to ensure equal opportunities for those with disabilities in employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation. The law mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

There are many aspects of the ADA that have been further developed as the law in this area has expanded and developed. For example, the area of design and accessibility are major parts of the ADA. The federal government has issued standards with regard to the accessible design. These establish guidelines for accessible design for state and local government facilities as well as public accommodations and commercial facilities.

The extensive questions and answers provided on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division website are really helpful for a basic understanding of the parameters of this law. There is a great deal of information about employment discrimination protections under the ADA, in such areas as appropriate accommodations for those protected under the ADA, attendance and leave policies, the interface between the ADA and state workers' compensation laws and many other important areas of the law.

The best way to get answers to your concerns or questions about the ADA, and its coverage and applicability, is to contact experts in the field of employment discrimination and workers' rights. Please contact Hersh & Hersh for information on the ADA and your rights under the law. We can help you get the protections you are entitled to in your employment and in other areas of your life. Our consultation will be at no charge to you and will be with one of our experienced lawyers.