The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was enacted in 1990 with the stated purpose of making American society more accessible to disabled people. With that goal in mind, a Greenbelt discrimination attorneys‘ group reports the ADA specifies five areas and the accommodations that must be implemented in each.
The ADA’s Definition of Disability
Coverage under the ADA is primarily for those individuals who:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more of their major life activities; or
- Have a record of such an impairment; or
- Are regarded as having such an impairment.
As explained by a Greenbelt discrimination attorneys’ team, a major life activity is among some of the basic components of a person’s life, such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing or learning.
Title I: Employment
Employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and may not discriminate on the basis of disability in any aspect of employment.
Title II: Public Services
Primarily referring to state and local government activities, a Greenbelt discrimination lawyers’ team explains that Title II requires that state and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services and activities that are available to people without disabilities.
Title III: Public Accommodations
This requires facilities such as retail stores, grocery stores and transportation agencies to provide new construction or modifications to be accessible to disabled individuals and barriers to service for existing facilities must be removed if readily possible.
Title IV: Telecommunications
Companies offering public service must also provide service for the hearing impaired and those with speech disabilities.
Title V: Miscellaneous
This section prohibits the coercion or threatening of or the retaliation against disabled people or those who assist a disabled person in asserting their rights under the ADA.
If a plaintiff can show actual damage sustained as a result of the violation of some provision of the ADA, the plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for those injuries. In addition, punitive damages may be awarded if the violations are deemed to be flagrant or in bad faith.
Contact a Greenbelt Discrimination Lawyers’ Group for Legal Advice
If you have been harmed by what you believe to be a violation of the ADA, you need to understand your rights. Begin with a call to Boniface K. Cobbina, P.C. at 202-463-6900.