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As the EEOC steps up ADA enforcement, it’s time to review policies

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by Amy G. McAndrew

Given the current state of the economy, it should come as no surprise that the EEOC received 93,277 private-sector discrimination charges in 2009, the second highest number in 20 years.

The EEOC projects the number of private-sector charges to exceed 100,000 by the end of fiscal year 2010.

According to the commission, the increase is due in part to the additional statutory authority it gained with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which became effective in  2009. There were 21,451 ADA charges filed in FY 2009, compared with 19,401 in FY 2008, a 10.6% increase.

Given this trend, employers should review their ADA and medical policies to ensure they are in compliance with the ADAAA.

ADA accommodations required

While the regulations interpreting the ADAAA still haven’t been finalized, the EEOC is wasting no time in enforcing policies it perceives as discriminato...(register to read more)

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