Weekly HR News - Employment Discrimination - ADA Part 1/3

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Employment Discrimination – Americans with Disabilities Act – Part 1 of 3

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law intended to prevent discrimination against individuals who have a disability, including those in an employment relationship. Under Kentucky Law the ADA applies to all cities that have 8 or more employees (KRS 344.030). 

The ADA prohibits discrimination in all employment practices against “qualified individuals” with disabilities.  Employment practices include the hiring process, promotions, demotions, training process, terminations, benefits etc.  It can also cover those who care for persons with disabilities.  Part 2 of this series will discuss who qualified individuals are and what are considered disabilities under the ADA. 

In addition to prohibiting discrimination, the ADA requires that covered employers provide a “reasonable accommodation” to a disabled employee, or prospective employee that is disabled, which will allow them to do a job, or apply for a job, only if it does not cause “undue hardship” on the employer.   Part 3 of this series will cover reasonable accommodations and what is and is not considered an undue hardship. 

For additional information on the ADA go to http://www.ada.gov/.  Questions regarding discrimination or any other personnel matters can be directed to Andrea Shindlebower.