Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Sweetser Law Office Spokane Civil Rights Attorney

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, it states that various institutions cannot discriminate against those that are physically or mentally disabled. These institutions include: schools, transportation systems, jobs, and all private/public places. This grants any disabled individual the ability to receive equal opportunities in different forms of public life.

Divided into five titles, the ADA covers:

  • Title I – Employment – Employers must accommodate any qualified individual as to properly allow them to perform the functions required in their field of work.
  • Title II – State & Local Government – All state & local government services must accommodate disabled individuals, this includes all services that are federally funded. An example would be public transportation.
  • Title III – Public Accommodations – Any commercial or public accommodations must adhered to the given standard as to be accessible to disabled individuals. Examples of accommodations include hotels, restaurants, event centers, and retail merchants.
  • Title IV – Telecommunications – Requires all internet and telephone companies to have telecommunication relay services for all individuals with hearing/speech disabilities. This also includes closed captioning for federally funded service announcements.
  • Title V – Miscellaneous Provisions – This covers a list of various points that concern disabled individuals when dealing with: attorney fees, state immunity, insurance, drugs, and retaliation/coercion. As well as the ADA’s relationship to other laws. This title also details what cannot be considered a disability.

In addition, these titles are governed by different governmental entities, such as: the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FCC).

Contact Us if Your ADA Rights Have Been Violated

At the Sweetser Law Office we understand that living with a disability is not an easy endeavor and it shouldn’t be any harder. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys have over 35 years of experience in the Spokane area defending our client’s from having their rights stripped away from them. If you believe that your rights have been violated it is extremely important that you contact a civil rights attorney today.

Contact an attorney at the Sweetser Law Office today for an attorney that will fight for your justice.