What is the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that gives civil rights protections to people with recognized disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

For example, employers with 15 or more employees cannot discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities and they must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless an undue hardship would result. Place that offer public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private schools, and day care centers, may not discriminate on the basis of disability and must make reasonable changes in policies, practices, and procedures must be made to avoid discrimination.

If a person with a reconized disability feels that they’ve been discriminated against, they may be entitled to certain rights and benefits under the ADA. Sometimes a disabled person can represent the rights of all others who’ve been discriminated against in the same way through a class action lawsuit.