The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities or individuals perceived to have disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
If you have a disability and are qualified to do a job, the ADA and FEHA protect you from job discrimination on the basis of your disability. Under the ADA, you have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA also protects you if you have a history of such a disability, or if an employer believes that you have such a disability, even if you don’t.
The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in all employment practices such as: hiring, recruitment, job assignments, pay, lay off, firing, promotions, training, benefits, leave, and all other employment related activities.
If you have a disability, you must also be qualified to perform the essential functions or duties of a job, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to be protected from job discrimination by the ADA. Reasonable accommodation may include: job restructuring, providing or modifying equipment or devices, providing readers or interpreters, making the workplace readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities, part-time or modified work schedules, a leave of absence, or reassignment to a vacant position among others. An employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your disability if you can perform the essential functions of the job with an accommodation unless the reasons for rejection are job-related and necessary for the conduct of the employer’s business.
It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for asserting your rights under the ADA. The Act also protects you if you are a victim of discrimination because of your family, business, social or other relationship or association with an individual with a disability.