2.1.5.1: Employees with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2009 (ADAAA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. Under ADAAA, a person has a disability if the person has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADAAA also outlaws discrimination against individuals with disabilities in State and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. This part of the law is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and State and local civil rights enforcement agencies that work with the Commission. Further information regarding definitions of major life activities is available from the Human Resource Office.