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Definition of Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1990, which does not allow discrimination against people who have disabilities. The ADA was the first law in the United States that addressed the needs of people who have disabilities. This includes people who have disabilities in employment, public accommodation, communications, transportation and governmental activities. The determination of whether any particular condition is regarded as a disability is made on a case by case basis.

The ADA is important in the matter of workers compensation, especially if you are applying for work and you have a disability, or you are an injured worker who has some type of permanent disability. The ADA prohibits private employers, local and state governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against a qualified individual who has a disability in job applications, compensation, advancement, job training, hiring, firing, and other conditions, privileges and terms of employment. If you want information regarding your rights or you believe that you were discriminated against because of your disability, contact a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office. Call 1-800-669-4000 or 1-800-669-6820 (TTY).

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