Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
A federal law that prohibits employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against qualified individuals on the basis of disability ( www.practicallaw.com/5-501-9332) (42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 to 12213). The ADA was amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 ( www.practicallaw.com/3-503-0547) and specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in:
Termination of employment.
The ADA is also the primary federal law governing:
Reasonable accommodations of disabilities in the workplace.
The ADA is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( www.practicallaw.com/4-501-5853) (EEOC). In general, the ADA applies to private employers with 15 or more employees.