Americans with Disabilities Act

President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This act is relevant for all private and state-run businesses, employment agencies, and unions with more than fifteen employees. This act is designed to ensure a person as long as they are qualified for the employment they are seeking cannot be turned away from the position due to a disability. The act goes as far as to protect those with disabilities from being refused a promotion or entry into a public access area due to a disability.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Committee defines disability as a person that has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more of lives activities, has a record of the impairment, and is considered to have the impairment.

Many people realize this is a vague definition whereas those with minor disabilities could get out of performing such job performances and therefore could file a lawsuit. An example of this could be a person with a headache not wanting to work due to the noise in the room. An employer might be afraid to fire a person due to the definition of a disability. If the employee were fired due to non-performance, would they will win in a courtroom? The answer is up to the judge.