The Americans with Disabilities Act is the federal law that covers disability discrimination. Under the ADA, most private employers in the United States cannot discriminate against covered individuals because of their disabilities, because the employer regards the covered individual as having a disability, or because the individual has a record of a disability.
The ADA has applicability in many circumstances. As just a few examples, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is made. It requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of certain covered individuals unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship for the employer.
If you believe that your employer has violated the ADA and you wish to pursue legal action, you must file a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before you proceed in court. Please contact the disability discrimination attorneys at Weiner & Sand LLC if you have questions about your rights and/or how to proceed.