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What are my rights under the ADA?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Having a disability should not prevent you from finding employment and having the same job opportunities as everyone else in California. The Americans with Disabilities Act was put into place to protect you from discrimination and help ensure that you have opportunity and are not held back solely due to your disability. The ADA affords you some specific rights and dictates how employers must work with you to help you gain employment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states the ADA makes it illegal for an employer to not hire you, fire you, not promote you or not offer you the same opportunities and benefits as other employees simply because you have a disability. This is considering that you meet requirements and are equal in all aspects to other employees. For example, if you do not get hired for a job because another applicant has more experience, then this is not something protected under the ADA. However, if everything is equal and the employer hires the other employee because you have a disability, then this is protected under the ADA.

The ADA also guarantees you the right to have an employer provide reasonable accommodations to help you do your job. These would be providing you with tools or other items to help you do your job that others may not need but that you need due to your disability. Reasonable means that it will not cause financial hardship to your employer to provide the accommodation. This information is for education only. It is not legal advice.