New EEOC Information for Employees with Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities

Posted May 2013 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) helps protect the rights of workers with qualifying disabilities. First passed in 1990, the ADA prohibits certain employers from depriving a person with a disability from employment because of that disability where the person is able, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, to perform the essential functions of the job.  Recently, the EEOC, the federal agency charged with enforcing the ADA, issued revised publications on the Employment Rights of Individuals with Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy, and Intellectual disabilities.  According to Jacqueline A. Berrien, EEOC Chair, there are nearly 34 million Americans diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy and more than 2 million people have an intellectual disability.  These publications will help people with these conditions understand their rights at work or when applying for a job. 

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