Discrimination Under the ADA

If you think you have been discriminated against in employment on the basis of disability after July 26, 1992, you should contact the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A charge of discrimination generally must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. You may have up to 300 days to file a charge if there is a State or local law that provides relief for discrimination on the basis of disability. However, to protect your rights, it is best to contact EEOC promptly if discrimination is suspected.

You may file a charge of discrimination on the basis of disability by contacting any EEOC field office, located in cities throughout the United States. If you have been discriminated against, you are entitled to a remedy that will place you in the position you would have been in if the discrimination had never occurred. You may be entitled to hiring, promotion, reinstatement, back pay, or reasonable accommodation, including reassignment. You may also be entitled to attorneys fees.

While the EEOC can only process ADA charges based on actions occurring on or after July 26, 1992, you may already be protected by State or local laws or by other current federal laws. EEOC field offices can refer you to the agencies that enforce those laws. To contact the EEOC, look in your telephone directory under "U.S. Government." For information and instructions on reaching your local office, call: (800)669-4000 (Voice)(800)669-6820(TDD)(In the Washington, D.C. 202 Area Code, call 202-663-4900 (voice) or 202-663-4494 (TDD).)

Students With Disabilities: Your Education Rights After High School

As a person with a physical, mental or sensory disability, your rights (and responsibilities) are different after you finish high school. Knowing your rights and responsibilities will help you with education after high school. Your rights are protected under several laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.


Project Civic Access — What is it?

The project now includes 157 settlement agreements with 145 localities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  In most of these matters, the compliance reviews were undertaken on the Department’s own initiative under the authority of title II and, in many cases, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 because the governments receive financial assistance from the Department and are prohibited by the Act from discriminating on the basis of disability.