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ADA's barrier-busting abilities depend on knowing your rights

Altering the way society operates is one of the key reasons California and the rest of the United States have lawmaking bodies. Over the hundreds of years that the U.S. has existed, a lot of changes have taken place. Most have been driven by the passage of a law. A prime example of this can be seen in the civil rights movement.

More recently, recognition that the mere existence of some sort of disability does not mean that a person can't and shouldn't be allowed to participate in the fullness of the American experience, including holding a job and pursuing a career.

In support of making that objective real we now have the Americans with Disabilities Act. While it's been on the books since 1990, not everyone has gotten up to speed regarding the rights it codifies. And it's a two-way street. Individuals with disabilities often don't know what they have a right to expect and employers may not understand what their obligations are under the law.

At a very high level, as information from the U.S. Justice Department explains, The ADA is meant to break down barriers to opportunity. It provides certain civil rights to individuals who have a disability and establishes standards for accommodating them in terms of employment, public housing, transportation and communications.

If you are disabled, the ADA is meant to make sure that employers don't discriminate against you because of it. The law requires that employers make reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity for disabled applicants in hiring and training. There can be no discrimination in pay, promotion opportunity or benefits, either.

But enforcing any law presumes everyone knows and understands it. And as we've noted, not everyone grasps the full importance of the ADA. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment because of your disability; if you believe you have been denied your right to reasonable accommodation; the Law Offices of Laura J. Farris stand ready to discuss your case. The first consultation is free, so call.

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