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Episode 129: Employment Discrimination and the ADA: Insights from the EEOC

Wednesday – May 1, 2024

Guest

Alessandra Rosa

Alessandra Rosa
Lead, Outreach Education Coordinator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Indianapolis District Office

Description

Each month, the 10 ADA Centers receive hundreds of calls and emails asking for disability-related information and guidance on their legal rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many people ask about their employment rights or about an employer’s duty to an employee with a disability.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the EEOC is responsible for enforcement of various employment rights laws. The EEOC handles complaints of employment discrimination that are based on issues such as a person’s disability, age, gender, race, or religion. In this episode, we will focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employment discrimination against people with disabilities.

Here are a few recent statistics about ADA complaints filed with the EEOC.

  • In Fiscal Year 2023, the EEOC filed 43 disability merit lawsuits, including 6 involving hearing disabilities.
  • The EEOC 2023 Annual Performance Report found that 34% of total filings were disability discrimination lawsuits; 58% of these disability discrimination lawsuits that were resolved involved denials of reasonable accommodation.

Source: 2023 Annual Performance Report
Link: eeoc.gov/2023-annual-performance-report

Our guest for this episode is Alessandra Rosa. Ms. Rosa is the Lead Outreach and Education Manager at the Indianapolis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the agency which enforces federal laws, making it illegal to discriminate against the job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy accommodations, national origin, age 40 or older disability or genetic information. Laws that the EEOC enforces also provide that workers can get reasonable accommodations if they need them because of disability, religion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition as long as the accommodation does not cause the employer undue hardship. If you believe something happened to you at work for any of these reasons, you can file a charge of discrimination against your employer. There are several ways to contact EEOC about filing a charge of discrimination online by using the EEOC public portal at publicportal.eeoc.gov. In person at an EEOC office, or a state or local fair employment practice agency, by mail by phone at 1-800-669-4000. For TTY 1-800-669-6820 for ASL video phones 1-844-234-5122 call is free and you do not need a lawyer to contact us.