There could be a time when you question an employee's relationship with an individual with disabilities in making benefits and other employment-related decisions, such as whether you need to provide more benefits or if you can grant time off. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed those questions by releasing a Q&A-style document about a little-known provision in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) known as the “association provision.”
The association provision prohibits an employer from discriminating against an applicant or employee who has a known association with an individual with a disability.
The ADA does not require a family relationship for an individual to be protected by the association provision. The key: whether the employer is motivated by the individual's relationship or association with a person who has a disability.
Here are association provision protections as they relat...(register to read more)