What Is Title I of the ADA (Video)

In this video, we discuss how the ADA applies to the workplace, employees, and employers.

Video Transcript

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This is my handler, Samantha. She's a great person and a really hard worker. (lift doorbell chimes)

Sure, there are some things that make Samantha's experience at work a little different from her coworkers.

But she always gets the job done. (lift doorbell chimes)

Finding and maintaining employment opportunities used to be much more difficult and uncomfortable for people like Samantha.

Thanks to Title One of the Americans with Disabilities Act, qualified individuals with disabilities can no longer be discriminated against when it comes to employment.

You see, a qualified individual is someone that satisfies the skill, experience, education, and any other job-related requirements of the position sought or held.

In addition, the individual must perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Title One of the ADA covers all Private Employers, State and Local Governments, Employment Agencies, Labor Unions, and Joint Labor Management Committees.

Under Title One, employers are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of disability in recruiting, hiring, promoting, training, pay, and other aspects of employment.

When an employer treats a qualified individual with a disability unfavorably because of their disability, that is Disability Discrimination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the body responsible for enforcing compliance with Title One of the ADA.

If someone with a disability believes that they have been discriminated against in their employment, they can file a charge with the EEOC. Charges may be filed in person, by telephone or by mail.

The EEOC will begin its investigation by gathering information from both parties involved.

If the EEOC believes that discrimination has occurred, it will attempt to resolve the charge through conciliation and obtain full relief for the unfairly treated individual.

It is important to note that an employer cannot punish an applicant or employee for filing a complaint with the EEOC, or participating in any way with an EEO Matter.

Thanks to the protections offered under Title One, (lift doorbell chimes) Samantha and I have been coming to work for as long as I can remember.

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