About Discrimination of the Handicapped

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Discrimination of the handicapped is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires employers to make accommodations for impaired individuals. Learn about the rights of the handicapped with advice from a certified civil mediator in this free video on the workplace.

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You are thinking about starting your own business and you're concerned about all of the laws, regulations and conditions that you're going to have to deal with and specifically about dealing with handicapped. I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, what is involved with discrimination and the handicapped? Well, first of all, all fifty states have different laws regarding what constitutes discrimination of the handicapped, but the primary law that directs and controls discrimination of the handicapped is what is called the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. And you can pull that up on the website and look and see how the statute defines disability and what it requires employers to do. But basically disability is defined as an individual that has an impairment that impairs an individual's, one or more of an individual's major life functions, and that there is a record that that individual has an impairment or that that individual is perceived as having an impairment. And basically the law requires employers to make accommodations for those individuals, and it's spelled out in that law. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.

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