What’s ADA, and how does it work?
Under the ADA, you have the right to request reasonable accommodations from your employer, if covered, to perform the essential functions of your job. Your employer can’t discriminate against you because of your disability or illness.
Who does the ADA protect?
The ADA protects people who work for any employer with 15 or more employees. Also, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to be protected by ADA you must have a record or evidence of substantial impairment that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity, like hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks.
What's considered reasonable accommodations under the ADA?
You can request a workplace accommodation if there is a barrier preventing you from performing your job effectively, because of a disability. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include:
- Modifying equipment or devices
- A part-time or a flexible schedule
- Reassignment of marginal tasks