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  • Writer's pictureS. Anne Marie Archer

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Safeguarding Your Workplace Rights

Updated: 4 days ago

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is important to consult with legal professionals for guidance on specific legal matters.

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 As the AntiHR, HR Lady, I am dedicated to advocating for fair and just workplaces. Today, I want to shed light on an essential piece of legislation that safeguards the rights of individuals with disabilities in the workplace: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law, enacted in 1990, serves as a beacon of protection for those with disabilities, encompassing not only physical impairments but also cognitive differences like ADHD and other neurodivergent conditions.


Understanding the ADA

The ADA was crafted to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in various facets of life, including employment, public accommodations, transportation, and more. It ensures that persons with disabilities have equal opportunities and access to employment opportunities, allowing them to contribute to society without facing discrimination based on their disability status.


Reasonable Accommodations: Your Rights under the ADA

One of the cornerstones of the ADA is the concept of reasonable accommodations. These are modifications or adjustments to the work environment that enable individuals with disabilities to perform their job duties effectively. Reasonable accommodations can vary widely depending on the individual's needs and may include adaptive equipment, modified work schedules, or adjustments to job duties.


Navigating Disclosure and Requesting Accommodations under the ADA

When applying for a job, prospective employers may inquire about the need for accommodations. While it's crucial to be truthful, it's also important to recognize that disclosing a disability prematurely can sometimes lead to discrimination in the hiring process. However, once employed, if accommodations are necessary, it's advisable to request them formally, preferably with documentation from a medical professional outlining the specific accommodations needed.  Work with your medical professional to disclose only what is necessary to confirm the disability and the accommodations required.


Understanding Employer Policies and Rights relevant to the ADA

Employees should familiarize themselves with their employer's policies regarding disabilities and disability leave. Understanding these policies can help ensure that you receive the accommodations and support you are entitled to under the ADA.


Combatting Discrimination: Know Your Rights under the ADA

 Unfortunately, discrimination against individuals with disabilities persists in some workplaces.


Here are three common discriminatory tactics employers may employ, along with strategies to defend yourself:


1. Refusal of Reasonable Accommodations

If an employer refuses to provide reasonable accommodations, remind them of their legal obligations under the ADA and seek guidance from me if necessary.


2. Retaliation

If you experience retaliation after requesting accommodations, document instances of retaliation and book a discovery call with me to explore your options as a negotiated separation with severance may be an option you can exercise.


3. Failure to Provide Equal Opportunities

If you suspect you're being denied advancement opportunities due to your disability, document instances of disparate treatment, and book a discovery call with me to explore whether there are other steps you should consider including filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


Seeking Redress for ADA Violations

If you believe your employer is violating the ADA, you have recourse options. book a discovery call with me to explore your options for asserting your workplace rights and seeking recourse.


Intersectionality: Navigating Multiple Identities

For individuals who identify as Black or as a person of color and have a disability, discrimination can compound. It's crucial to document instances of discrimination and understand that you have protections under both disability and anti-discrimination laws.


Taking Action: Resources for Empowerment

In cases where employers fail to comply with the ADA, employees have the right to seek redress.


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Additionally, effective documentation is key to building a case against discrimination.  


Grab access to the AntiHR Documentation Journal equips individuals with the tools to document workplace injustices effectively.

 Understanding your rights under the ADA is essential for protecting yourself in the workplace. By advocating for reasonable accommodations, documenting instances of discrimination, and seeking redress when necessary, individuals can work towards fostering inclusive and equitable workplaces for all. Let's continue to champion equality and justice in every facet of society.


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