The Nuts And Bolts Of The Americans With Disabilities Act
The ADA is a complex set of regulations and codes that were originally passed by Congress, under President George H.W. Bush, in 1990. It was sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and was the nation’s first comprehensive effort to establish a set of prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of disability.
The law was then changed in 2008 by the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act, under President George W. Bush, which expanded the payouts that plaintiffs could receive, changing provisions about what constitutes a disability and what can be interpreted as a major life activity. That law took effect in 2009.
The U.S. Government maintains a continuously-updated electronic record of the ADA and the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act, which can be a valuable resource in understanding compliance issues. Of course, given the complexities of the ADA and the ADAAA, trying to interpret the law without the assitance of qualified counsel can be fraught with peril.
The Five Main Sections Of The ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)is a federal civil rights act enacted in 1990 prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities.
There are five sections, or “titles,” which cover different aspects of discrimination:
- Title 1, Employment
- Title II, State and Local Government
- Title III, Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
- Title IV Telecommunications
- Title V, which covers miscellaneous sections that deal with constructions
It’s not if your business will be sued for ADA compliance violations; it’s when your business will be sued for ADA compliance violations. The ADA Defense Clinic, A Law Firm, is here to answer all of your questions and help you get into compliance, and we will aggressively represent your rights under the law!