EEOC Revises Publications on Employment Rights for People with Disabilities

 
Monday, May 20, 2013
 
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued four revised documents on protection against disability discrimination, pursuant to the goal of the agency's Strategic Plan to provide up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws.


The documents address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with cancer (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/cancer.cfm), diabetes (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/diabetes.cfm), epilepsy (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/epilepsy.cfm), and intellectual disabilities (http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/intellectual_disabilities.cfm). These documents are available on the agency's website at "Disability Discrimination, The Question and Answer Series," http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/disability.cfm.


In plain, easy-to-understand language, the revised documents reflect the changes to the definition of disability made by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) that make it easier to conclude that individuals with a wide range of impairments, including cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities, are protected by the ADA. Each of the documents also answers questions about topics such as: when an employer may obtain medical information from applicants and employees; what types of reasonable accommodations individuals with these particular disabilities might need; how an employer should handle safety concerns; and what an employer should do to prevent and correct disability-based harassment.
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