The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same basic  opportunities as all Americans: to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in State and local government programs and services. This past July marked the 26th anniversary of the Act’s enactment.

To invoke the protection of the ADA, an individual must have a disability defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. However, the ADA does not specifically name literally all of the impairments that are covered by the Act.  In  fact, there is a clause that generates portection if you are treated as if you had a significant disability.  The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

In addition to the Department of Labor, four federal agencies enforce the ADA:

My law office does not handle pure ADA cases.  We primarily handle disability claims (SSA cases, Kentucky Disability Retirement cases, ERISA disability claims, Long term and Short Term disability cases.  True ADA cases involve serious employment questions which are beyond my chosen field of practice.  We usually see some ADA issues in conjunction with a disability case, and refer those cases out to other competent counsel.  Sometimes, the disability case must be sacrificed to allow the employment case to proceed (or vise versa).  Again, if it is a genuine ADA question, my advice is to consult a good labor lawyer.

Do you have any questions or concerns about disability? If so, contact the Sullivan Law Office to get the help you need in the Louisville metro area. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 26th Anniversary