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Workers And The ADA In Philadelphia

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prevents discrimination against those in the workforce who have disabilities. Although the ADA serves to protect disabled individuals, it also leaves some ambiguity in knowing what qualifies a person as "disabled" and when accommodation is "reasonable." FindLaw offers insight for employees in Philadelphia who seek a better understanding of the ADA and how it applies in the workforce.

According to the ADA, a person in Philly is considered disabled if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that considerably limits a "major life activity," like walking, talking, seeing, or learning. Determining whether or not a worker is disabled happens on a case-by-case basis. To be limited by a disability, it must keep the employee from being able to work a broad range of jobs. Some disabilities include blindness, wheelchair confinement, and a learning disability.

Employers can't discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in the application process, hiring, training, promotion, pay and benefits, or any other condition of employment. Employers also cannot limit a disabled employee's job opportunities because of their condition or set any standards that are difficult for them to complete.  An experienced Philadelphia employment attorney can further clarify the regulations employers are required to follow under the ADA.

"Reasonable accommodations" for an employee's disability includes but is not limited to physical changes in the workplace, such as the installation of a ramp for someone who uses a wheelchair. Generally, the accommodation has to allow the disabled worker to carry out his or her job in the same manner as a non-disabled worker.

If you have additional concerns or questions related to the ADA or the rights of disabled employees, consult a Philadelphia employment lawyer or refer to the Related Resources links.

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