Oklahoma ADA Attorney
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that protects the country’s individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Under the ADA, it is a crime to discriminate against someone on the basis of a physical or mental disability. Despite the ADA, however, disabled persons still fall prey to discrimination in daily life. This can result in lost employment opportunities or the inability to participate in activities due to lack of reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you or a loved one is facing discrimination based on a disability, come to our law firm. We can provide you with the direction you need in pursuing your claim.
Provisions of the ADA
Federal legislators signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. It protects individuals with disabilities in the workplace, school, the transportation industry, and public and private premises. The purpose of the ADA is to ensure that those with physical or mental disabilities have the same opportunities and legal rights as others. It helps guarantee equal treatment of individuals with disabilities in areas of public life. The ADA consists of five main titles:
- Title I. Equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Employers have to provide reasonable accommodations to allow qualified employees to perform their jobs.
- Title II. State and local government nondiscrimination. People with disabilities have the right to be free from discrimination in all public programs activities, and services.
- Title III. Private places of public accommodation may not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. This includes hotels, restaurants, doctors’ offices, private schools, etc.
- Title IV. Telecommunication companies must provide a nationwide system that allows individuals with disabilities to communicate via telephone. This Title focuses on services for those with hearing and speech disabilities.
- Title V. Title V contains miscellaneous provisions relating to the Act as a whole, including its relationship with other laws and impact on insurance providers. Title V lists conditions that do not qualify as disabilities.
In 2009, an amendment to the ADA clarified the definition of disability. Find out if you qualify as a protected person under the ADA by visiting the website. There are certain organizations that regulate and enforce the titles of the ADA. These include the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
What Is Discrimination?
Discrimination against individuals with disabilities can take many forms. Any party that breaks the provisions of the ADA may be guilty of discrimination if it causes harm to the individual with a disability. An example of discrimination is if an employer chooses another candidate over you for a job that you’re qualified for, based solely on the fact that you have a disability. If you believe someone has discriminated against you in a way that limits your opportunities, retain an attorney from Bryan & Terrill Law.
Our discrimination attorneys are thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the ADA, and can help you file a complaint with the EEOC or other appropriate organization to bring a charge against the offending party. Filing a claim could result in reparation of your harms, such as reinstatement of a job or payment for lost income. Your remedy will serve to place you in the position you would have had were it not for the act of discrimination. A successful claim could even result in payment for your attorney’s fees. To find out if you have a claim, contact our team.