Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) seek to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, transportation, and public accommodations. ADA prohibits employers from excluding people from jobs, services, activities, or benefits based on their disabilities.
The ADA defines disability with respect to an individual as:
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
- A record of such an impairment; or
- Being regarded as having such impairment.
It also defines:
- A qualified individual as one who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the individual holds or desires.
- A substantial limitation such as an impairment that prevents the performance of a major life activity that the average person in the general population can perform; or a significant restriction as to the condition, manner or duration under which an individual can perform a particular major life activity as compared to the average person in the general population.
- A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to the job application process or the work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to be considered for a position, or enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by similarly situated employees without disabilities.
Procedure for Requesting ADA Accomodations
Employees may request workplace accommodations by requesting an accommodation for a disability to the Human Resources Department. If you believe you have a qualifying disability and are seeking accommodations in the workplace to enable you to perform your essential job functions, you should contact Kimberly Heiskell, Coordinator of Risk Management, to begin the interactive process to request a workplace accommodation(s).
Kimbery Heiskell,Coordinator of Risk Management