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What Are My Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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Updated May 09, 2013

Question: What Are My Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
Answer: The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, came into effect on July 26, 1992. This important legislation 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. Under the ADA, employers are required to make what is called a "reasonable accommodation" to those with a known disability if it would not impose an "undue hardship" on the operation of the employer's business. Depression can be considered a disability under this law if you continue to experience limitations in your ability to perform your job despite medications and therapy.

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