For disabled people, the ADA or the Americans with Disabilities Act is their hero when it comes to disability rights and privileges. Its first part, Title I, discusses everything about disabled employees and disability discrimination in the workplace. If you are an employee and you are disabled, here are some questions that you need to answer regarding the Title I of ADA:

  • Who would become covered by ADA? Any employee who is suffering from a disability or a severe illness would be covered by ADA. The disability should have a substantial effect on the employee's performance at work.

  • How do I declare my disability? You should get a medical certificate from a licensed medical specialist to verify your condition. You do not need to submit it to a government agency. Just send it to your boss, informing him that you are protected by the ADA.

  • What is disability discrimination in the workplace? This type of discrimination occurs when an employer or employee takes an adverse action against a disabled employee because of his disability. Some of these actions include demotion, reduction of salary, and wrongful termination.

  • Which companies are covered by the ADA? State and local government employees are not covered by ADA. The ADA also does not protect employees from companies that have less than 20 workers.

  • What is reasonable accommodation? Reasonable accommodations are provided for disabled employees to improve their performance at work. These may include hearing aids, wheelchairs, etc. A certain accommodation may not be required by the ADA if it causes undue hardship to the company.

  • What is undue hardship? Undue hardship is a situation that significantly affects the company or business' operations.

  • What if my employer did not follow the conditions set by the ADA? File a complaint against him with the help of a social security disability lawyer.

Now you know the answers to these crucial questions, you are fully aware of your rights and privileges under the ADA. Like other people, disabled individuals deserve to live a normal and satisfying life. But in this world full of abusers and discriminative people, that goal is relatively difficult to achieve. Fortunately, the ADA is there to help disabled employees in need.