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Americans with Disabilities Act: Protect your rights

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Employment Law |

As a California employee, you must know your rights under the American Disabilities Act.

This law safeguards individuals with disabilities from discrimination in various aspects of employment. It ensures equal opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.

What is the American Disabilities Act?

The ADA is a federal law enacted to prohibit employment discrimination against people with disabilities. It also applies to public accommodations, transportation and other areas of daily life. This act provides additional protections for employees with disabilities alongside California’s state laws.

Under the ADA, employers in California can not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. This law applies to all aspects of employment. It covers hiring, firing, promotions, job assignments, training and benefits. You have the right to equal opportunities for employment and advancement, regardless of your disability status.

What are some key provisions of the ADA?

It is important to know the rights this law provides. Some components include:

  • Reasonable accommodations: This refers to any modification or adjustment to the work environment or job duties that allow a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of their job. Examples of accommodations include modified work schedules, assistive technology or adjustments to workspace layout.
  • Accessibility in the workplace: This requirement includes physical accessibility such as wheelchair ramps, accessible parking spaces and accessible restrooms. It also incorporates the right to digital accessibility for websites and electronic communications.
  • Protection against retaliation: Your employer can not take adverse actions against you when you assert your rights or advocate for accommodations. The law prohibits retaliation acts such as termination, demotion or harassment.

Understanding the provisions of the ADA helps you stand up for your rights when necessary. Knowing the laws can secure an equitable work environment for yourself and others with disabilities.