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California Governor Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ADA with Disability Initiative

August 6, 2010

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the first comprehensive federal civil rights act for disabled people, on July 26th, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger directed his Administration to ensure that accommodation guidelines are available for California state employees with disabilities, by issuing Executive Order S-11-10.

Under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, private employers, employment agencies, local and state governments, and labor unions are prohibited from engaging in discrimination against qualified disabled individuals in hiring, firing, job advancement, job application compensation, employment training, and other employment terms, conditions, and privileges.

With this Executive Order, each department, agency, commission board and office under the Governor's authority, is directed to establish or review its ADA reasonable accommodation guidelines, in order to ensure that managers and supervisors have the necessary information to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities with efficiency and in a timely manner.

The Governor also reportedly ordered the Department of General Services and the Department of Rehabilitation to collaborate to develop contracts for reasonable accommodation equipment and services to better meet the needs of disabled employees.

Schwarzenegger urged in his speech, for Californians to celebrate the contributions that disabled people have made to the state of California, and to renew the state's commitment to practicing nondiscrimination.

At Howard Law, PC our employment and labor lawyers believe that all employees are entitled to a workplace free from unlawful disability discrimination. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against based on a disability in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact our attorneys today.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Celebrates ADA 20th Anniversary, Directs Administration to Ensure Equal Opportunities for Employees with Disabilities, Office of the Governor: Arnold Schwarzenegger Press Release, July 26, 2010

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