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Work: ADA Protections 101: Discrimination, Harrassment

Protections Against Discrimination When Applying For, At Work, From Being Fired, Complaining

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The ADA protects against discrimination in the different phases of work:

  • Hiring: 
    • A covered prospective employer cannot ask about your health condition unless it is relevant to the performance of the job.
    • If an employer knows about your health condition, the ADA permits an employer to refuse to hire you if the work poses a direct threat to your health or safety or your condition poses a direct threat to others.
  • While you are at work:
    • You cannot be discriminated against in your work load, compensation, etc.
    • Your employer must provide equal access to whatever health insurance coverage is offered to other employees.
    • You cannot be fired because of your health condition. However, you can be fired for poor performance.
  • When enforcing your rights: Under the ADA, you cannot be discriminated against at any time for enforcing your rights under the ADA.

To learn about what you can do to enforce your rights under the ADA, click here.

To learn about legal protections relating to work, click here.  

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