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Disability Discrimination Overview

Learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines and protects employees with disabilities.


The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, forbids employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

For example, imagine that a construction worker had severe asthma. During periodic asthma attacks, the airways in the worker’s lungs would swell and restrict his breathing to a potentially fatal extent. The attacks could be triggered by stress, physical exertion, and even laughing too hard. The worker carried a medicated inhaler to reopen his airways when his attacks flared up....