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Federal Government Aims to Increase Employment for Disabled People on ADA Anniversary

August 4, 2011

Last week, on July 26, marked the 21st anniversary the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law (ADA)--the landmark civil rights legislation aimed to make this country more inclusive of disabled Americans, in their right to participate fully in employment opportunities without experiencing disability discrimination.

As our Costa Mesa, California employment lawyers blog reported last year, under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, employers cannot discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, job application, compensation, employment training, job advancement, job termination, and other conditions, employment terms, and privileges.

Since its enactment, the ADA has sought to make the workplace an equal playing field for disabled employees, allowing them to pursue the same opportunities as non-disabled people--although according to the White House, recent high unemployment rates for disabled employees show that there is more work to be done. Last year, President Obama announced that he was signing an Executive Order that would turn the federal government into a solid employment option for disabled individuals.

This year, in anniversary of the ADA, the President's administration announced new plans to continue to increase employment opportunities for disabled persons and to strive to make the government a more open and accessible place to work for all citizens. The administration is specifically working on revising a plan to improve compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act--requiring that both inside and outside of the government the federal agencies' electronic and information technology is available and accessible to disabled people for employment purposes.

Making information and electronic technology comply with Section 508 will reportedly ensure disabled persons equal access to jobs opportunities, and will promote increased understanding with such technology, as the employees will have the opportunity to successfully utilize the technology in order to perform their necessary employment duties.

If you or someone you know has been discriminated against based on a disability in Orange County, California, contact our attorneys today at Howard Law, PC for a free consultation about your California employment rights.

ADA Opens Door to Inclusive Society, U.S. Department of Labor: Work in Progress Blog, July 26, 2011

On Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Obama Administration Recommits to Enforcing and Protecting the Civil Rights of All, The White House Press Release, July 26, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

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Verizon's Class Action Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Settles for $20 Million, California Employment Lawyers Blog, July 11, 2011

BP One Stop Sued For Discriminating Against Disabled Employee, California Employment Lawyers Blog, June 16, 2011

AutoZone to Pay $600K for Disability Discrimination and Failure to Accommodate, California Employment Lawyers Blog, June 10, 2011

Starbucks Sued for Dwarfism and Disability Discrimination, California Employment Lawyers Blog, June 8, 2011

EEOC Latex Disability Lawsuit Settled--John Muir Pays Workers $340K, California Employment Lawyers Blog, March 17, 2011

California Governor Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ADA with Disability Initiative, California Employment Lawyers Blog, August 6, 2010