American Disability Act Essay

609 WordsSep 10, 20123 Pages
I chose to do my assignment on The American Disability Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities that are like those provided to individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications (U.S Department of Education, 2006). There can be two different types of suits. When a private individual sues, he or she may obtain injunctive relief, but may not obtain money damages or civil penalties. When the Department of Justice feels there is reasonable cause to believe that there is discrimination they will bring about a suit. When the Department of Justice brings suit, the Department may seek injunctive relief, monetary damages, and if necessary to vindicate public interests, civil penalties of up to $50,000 for the first violation and up to $100,000 for any subsequent violation (Association of Corporate Counsel, 2009). The Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA protects those who may have disability against discrimination by making it illegal for any employer to discriminate against a qualified job applicant on the basis of their disability. Meaning people who have impairments such as seeing, hearing, speaking, etc., cannot be turned away. Anyone with epilepsy, paralysis, HIV infection, AIDS, a substantial hearing impairment, those recovering from cancer or a mental illness etc., can also not be turned way. It also would protect someone with a severe facial disfigurement from being denied employment because an employer feared the "negative reactions" of customers or co-workers (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2008). Basically the ADA protect anyone with any type of mental or physical disability
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