EEOC Issues Specific ADA Compliance Guidance

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Both employers and employees often have questions as to how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) deals with everyday workplace situations. The EEOC recently issued guidelines as to four specific areas of disability that are frequently the subject of inquiry.

  1. Questions & Answers About Cancer in the Workplace and the ADA
  2. Questions & Answers About Diabetes in the Workplace and the ADA
  3. Questions & Answers About Epilepsy in the Workplace and the ADA
  4. Questions & Answers About Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the ADA

The new Guidelines provide some plain English discussion about the most commonly addressed questions regarding these specific types of claims. For each, the ADA specifies:

  • When an employer may obtain medical information
  • The Types of reasonable accommodations available to people with these disabilities
  • Common safety concerns and how to address them
  • Preventing and correcting disability discrimination

This is a welcome development from the EEOC, an agency that has cited litigation as one of its strategic enforcement mechanisms rather than prevention and training.

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Karen Kalzer

Ms. Kalzer practices employment and education law with an emphasis on defending complex litigation for communities of faith, non-profits, schools and private employers.

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