In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The act is drafted under the codes of Civil Law, to ensure that all Americans who suffer with disabilities are treated fairly and are not discriminated against.
The act ensures that if Americans are mistreated due to their disability that they are entitled to legal compensation.
However, to be entitled to legal compensation it must be proved that there is either a mental or physical disability present that seriously hinders and impacts a person’s life.
There are no set rules that govern the qualifications for being disabled. Every situation is assessed on an individual basis.
Generally speaking, most disabilities limit a person’s life by preventing them from moving, interacting in society on a daily basis and may range from blindness and being bound to a wheel chair to having learning disabilities that affect reasoning and comprehension as well as many mental illnesses.
There has been a long standing history in America of discrimination towards those with disability, specifically in the areas of housing, transportation, telecommunications, and in the government sector.
One area where this discrimination has been extremely prevalent is in the area of employment.
There has been a history of employers refusing to hire people due to the fact that they suffer from a disability, and under the Americans with Disabilities Act this is a federal crime.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, due to a disability, then it is imperative that you speak with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible.
It is important that you contact an attorney quickly because there is a time limit based upon the date of the incident and the time frame in which you file a complaint.