North Carolina law has long protected disabled North Carolinians from discrimination. The North Carolina Persons with Disabilities Protection Act was originally called the Handicapped Persons Protection Act and became law in 1985.
The act addresses discrimination in public accommodations, public service, public transportation and employment. It also prohibits retaliation against people who oppose disability discrimination or participate in a proceeding under the act.
The act is broad in scope, and many of its protections apply directly to employment matters.
The act is intended to promote equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities and help them achieve economic self-sufficiency. This law applies to employers with 15 or more full-time employees in North Carolina.
The definition of a “person with a disability” is similar to the ADA’s. It includes “any persons who (i) have a physical ...(register to read more)