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Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in states across the country, including many employees in the state of Maine. The Act is in place in order to ensure that employers do not discriminate against employees that have disabilities for reasons that are directly related to their disabilities.

The Act does not apply to all employers, such as it does not apply to all employees. In fact, the Act only applies to employers that have at least 15 employees working for them for a full calendar year.

In order for an employee to receive coverage under the Act, the employee needs to have a record of having a display. Both physical and mental disabilities may be covered. For example, a physical disability could be a visual impairment or a missing limb. A mental disability could be depression or an anxiety disorder.

When an employer is covered by the Act, the employer cannot take an employee’s disability into consideration when making any employment related decisions, such as the following:

·         Hiring

·         Promotion

·         Termination

·         Training

·         Compensation

The employer may also have to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. For example, if the employee is in a wheelchair, the employer may have to provide the employee with a lower work station so that he or she can reach his or her desk.

In the event that an employee believes that the employer has made an employment-related decision against an employee for reasons that are based on the disability, then the employee can file a complaint against the employer. The employer will then have to prove the reasoning behind the particular decision.

The ADA only protects covered employees that have records of having a disability or job applicants of a covered employer. The Act does not protect customers or clients of the employer from discrimination. CB

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