Disabilities Act 101
The Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) prohibits discrimination on the bais of disability in employment,
State and local government, public accomodations, commercial facilities,
transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United
To be protected by the ADA, one must
have a disability or have a relationship or association with an
individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is
defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person
who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who
is percieved by others as having such an impairment. However, it
should be noted that the ADA does not specifically list the impairments
that are covered.
ADA Title I: Employment
Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide
qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to
benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities
available to others.
ADA Title II: State and Local Government
Title II covers all activities of State and local governments regardless
of the government entity's size or reciept of Federal funding.
ADA Title II: Public Transportation
The transportation provisions of title II cover public transportation
services, such as city buses and public rail transit. Public transportation
authorities may not discrimnate against people with disabilities
in the provision of their services.
ADA Title III: Public Accommodations
Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that
are public accommodations, privately operated entities offering
certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation,
and commercial facilities.
The American's with Disabilities Act
is complex and companies must be aware of their rights and obligations.
Mohajerian's lawyers have extensive experience in understanding
how the ADA applies to business and preventative tactics that can
help you avoid the costly liability of non-compliance.
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