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Advocate for your job search - Knowing your rights

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Our Advocate For Your Job Search series of blog posts will help you: know your rights; learn about building a career; prepare and apply for a job; learn interview tips ; learn about disclosing disability in the workplace; and tips for getting started at your new job . These blogs were made in partnership with the Metro Regional Quality Council.

Know Your Rights to Work

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law in 1990. The ADA made it against the law to treat people with disabilities unfairly.

This means jobs need to be fair in:

  • Recruitment
  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Firing or lay-offs
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Pay
  • Benefits
  • Leave activities

Examples of the ADA protections:

  • A person with a disability cannot be treated unfairly when being trained in for a job.
  • A person with a disability must have the same opportunity to be promoted as others.
  • A person with a disability cannot be laid off or fired because they have a disability.

What does Disability mean in the ADA?

The ADA says someone has a disability if they have or mental challenges that limit their activities.

Reasonable Accommodations

The ADA also says people with disabilities get reasonable accommodations. This means your workplace must find ways for you do your job well.

Some examples of reasonable accommodations are:

  • Change your schedule for a doctor's appointment.
  • Give reading materials in ways that work for you. This could be in braille, compact disk, or large print.
  • Provide technology that helps you to read or hear.

You do not need to pay for reasonable accommodations. Your workplace can’t lower your pay for making reasonable accommodations.

Advocate for your job search - Knowing your rights
Stephanie Alexander