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Obama Champions Disability Rights--EEOC to Hold Town-Hall Meetings in California

October 14, 2009

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week that the commission with be playing an important role in President Obama's goal to advance equal employment opportunities for disabled workers.

Our California Labor and Employment Lawyers have been reading about the Obama administration's plan to create town hall meetings with the EEOC in four national cities, including San Francisco, California. The EEOC will help create federal regulation and hiring procedure workshops in order to give individuals with disabilities equal employment opportunities for federal jobs--opportunities that welcome the special skills, abilities, and talents of all qualified employees.

On September 30, President Obama officially proclaimed October the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2009. Obama's administration makes great efforts to promote change for every American, and this special disability awareness month honors the 54 million disabled people living across the country who deserve to have fair access to employment. President Obama proposed that during National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we should make a new commitment to ourselves to implement "effective policies and practices that increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

As the nation's largest employer, Obama called upon the Federal Government to set a positive example by implementing employment practices and policies that are effective in increasing opportunities for disabled workers--by helping them to grow to their fullest potential, with their own distinctive skills and qualifications.

The EEOC will also work closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce four meetings, in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans, to discuss information and collect thoughts and comments about regulations regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each meeting will hold two sessions--one for advocates on disability and one for employers.

The Federal Government will also hold a government-based job fair for disabled people during the Spring of 2010--to offer workshops, the ability to apply directly for jobs, and even be hired immediately. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has also increased funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and more than $500 million was provided for job training, education and job placement--all necessary for the future success of disabled workers.

The EEOC enforces federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, and upholds Title I of the ADA, which specifically prohibits workplace disability discrimination. The ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to workers and job applicants who have disabilities. The Obama Administration's initiatives aim to expand opportunities to people with disabilities by upholding the ADA to the full civil rights statute that was originally intended by Congress.

At Howard Law, PC, our Labor and Employment Lawyers are knowledgeable about workplace disability discrimination in Orange County and throughout Southern California. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against because of a disability, contact us today.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2009, President of the United States of America: A Proclamation, September 30, 2009

EEOC to Hold Town-Hall Meetings, Workshops to Advance Hiring of Workers With Disabilities, EEOC Press Release, October 7, 2009

Related Web Resources:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

United States Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP)