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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 provides additional clarity regarding definitions and language within the ADA.

Employers Covered by the ADA

  • Private employers (With 15 or more employees) 
  • State and local governments 
  • Employment agencies 
  • Labor organizations & Labor-management committees

Employment Practices that are Covered

The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in all employment practices such as:

  • Recruitment 
  • Hiring 
  • Pay, Benefits & Leave 
  • Promotion 
  • Job Assignments 
  • Training 
  • Lay-Off & Firing 
  • All other employment related activities

The ADA prohibits an employer from retaliating against an applicant or employee for asserting his rights under the ADA.

The ADA does not interfere with your right to hire the best qualified applicant. Nor does the ADA impose any affirmative action obligations. The ADA simply prohibits you from discriminating against a qualified applicant or employee because of their disability.

We Can Help:

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) can provide you with information pertaining to your rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

IVRS partners can assist you with determining essential functions of a position and potential reasonable accommodation strategies.

IVRS can develop and deliver specific training and information for your hiring managers and supervisors regarding ADA employment practices.

IVRS partners can address your ADA questions and concerns.

Have a question? Contact us!
Michelle Krefft, Business Consultant
510 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-0264