ADA Title I: Employment



ADA Title 1

Now I'll delve a little deeper into the specifics of Title 1 and what it covers. Title 1 is concerned with employment. Title 1 and its requirements are only applicable to companies that have 15 or more employees. If a small business has less than 15 employees, they are not required to follow the provisions in Title 1. Title 1 aims to ensure that people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers are treated equally. Discrimination against people with disabilities can take many forms in the workplace. Discrimination can happen during recruitment, the interview phase, when being considered for a promotion, pay inequality, and by other means. Let me give you a concrete example of what I'm talking about. Suppose an individual who is deaf is hired. The company must provide them with what the law calls, "reasonable accommodations." However, if a specific reasonable accommodation is too expensive and will cause the company an "undue hardship," then they are not required to provide that specific accommodation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, is the federal agency responsible for oversight of the ADA. If you experience discrimination in the workplace, you have 180 days from the date of the incident to file your complaint. The EEOC has regional offices throughout the country. Find the one closest to you and file your complaint there.