What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.  In this respect, it is not so different than other laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  The ADA, however, goes further.  In certain circumstances, the ADA requires employers to take affirmative steps to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  So, the ADA has two distinct functions: (1) prohibiting discrimination and (2) requiring accommodations for disabled individuals.   

Like Title VII, the ADA generally applies to employers with 15 or more employees.  Also, like Title VII, an employee wishing to file a lawsuit under the ADA must first file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

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