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Federal and State Disability Discrimination Laws
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability-based discrimination by places of “public accommodation.” Public accommodations are private entities, such as businesses and nonprofit service providers that own, operate or lease facilities that are open to the public.
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability-based discrimination by private employers. Discrimination includes unequal treatment, retaliation and harassment against employees and job applicants with disabilities. It also includes the failure to provide reasonable modifications to an employer’s practices, policies or workplace conditions in order to accommodate an employee’s or applicant’s disability. Provided on page three is a sample letter to request a reasonable accommodation, and on page four is a sample support letter from a treating professional.
Title II of the ADA (42 U.S.C. Sections 12131-12165) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by “public entities.” Title III (42 U.S.C.