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Disability Discrimination

ADA is an "Equal Opportunity Law ” for Individuals  with Disabilities

Signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. It prohibits discrimination against the disabled and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in employment opportunities, the ability to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.

Those protected by the ADA, are those individuals who have a disability.  A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Not all of the disabilities that are covered are listed by the ADA, and in turn not all impairments qualify under the ADA as a covered disability.

Disability discrimination occurs when a disabled person is subjected to “different “ or “unequal treatment” based on an individual's disability.  Unfortunately since the passage of the law over 27 years ago, many businesses continue to violate The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Employers continue to discriminate against people with disabilities and business fail to provide accessibility to goods and services.

The disabled population is growing, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau nearly 1 in 5 people suffer some type of disability.  However, businesses often still fail to see the importance of accommodating the disabled without instituting legal action to compel the business into compliance.

Some businesses may be misinformed or want to skirt the law by claiming that they are “grandfathered in” and are not required to comply with the law signed in 1990 because their business was established before the law was passed.  The same businesses however, would never claim to somehow  be “grandfathered in ” from discrimination against race, color, religion, sex or national origin.  The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was formulated after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and is just as important. The ADA is the  "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.  If you or someone you know has suffered discrimination due to your disability call The Law Office of Robert Gibson (904) 273-3000 to set up a free consultation. We are here to here to help end the cycle of disability discrimination.

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