Employment Policy Impact

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Introduction When I woke up for middle school one Spring morning, my mom gave me news that would forever change my life. She told me that my dad, a New York Police Department police officer, had gotten into a car accident pursuing a perpetrator during a high-speed chase. I didn’t comprehend the severity of her words until I visited him in the hospital a few days later and learned that he wouldn’t be able to walk properly, if at all, ever again. On the day I learned that my dad had a serious disability, I would honor him and his sacrifice by fighting for people with disabilities, but I wasn’t quite sure how. Upon taking this Disability and Employment Policy, I began to understand the impact that disability and employment policy would have on …show more content…

Its five sections detail protections in employment, state and local government activities (including transportation), places of public accommodation, telecommunications, and miscellaneous entities, respectively, for people with disabilities. Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act is significant as it prohibits private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. Further, the ADA also applies to employment agencies and to labor organization and it covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It is enforced by EEOC and it protects against disability discrimination throughout the entirety of the employment …show more content…

It was designed to strike a balance between employer and employee interests. In its interpretation of the ADA, the ADAAA veers away from a focus on whether the individual seeking the law's protection has an impairment that fits within the technical definition of the term "disability," and instead focuses on whether the covered entity has actually discriminated. The ADAAA also changes the way that the statutory terms should be interpreted, indicating a substantial evolution of the legislation (Benfer,

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