Understanding EEOC and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Based in Indianapolis, Courtney King is an attorney with Ice Miller, LLP. In her work as an attorney, Courtney King often takes on administrative proceedings heard before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Established a half century ago, the EEOC is a federal agency tasked with investigating complaints related to discrimination based on factors such as color, race, religion, age, gender, and disability.

Disability discrimination is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires that employers reasonably accommodate those with physical or mental impairments, so long as it does not entail significant expense or difficulty.

EEOC regulations against discrimination extend to hiring and firing, as well as job assignments, training, and benefits. Also covered under the ADA are serious incidents of harassment related to disabilities that make the working environment hostile or challenging. In cases where ADA violations may have occurred, it is important to contact a lawyer experienced in the area of labor and employment law.

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