Despite the daily economic lamentations, some employers are still hiring. Although the numbers may be down, some economic sectors are growing—health care and government to name two. Some firms are offering buyouts for jobs that will be filled with lower-paid workers.
Employers that are hiring may think they are in the catbird seat because they may have hundreds of applicants for each position. But a bonanza of applicants is no excuse for shoddy hiring practices.
THE LAW: Congress last year amended the ADA to broaden the law’s definition of disability. More workers and applicants than ever before are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Additionally, the EEOC has announced initiatives to weed out systemic race and gender discrimination barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC also enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967.
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