EEOC Releases Fact Sheet On Employment Rights Of People With
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 20, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--In recognition of October 20 as Annual Disability Mentoring Day, and October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a new fact sheet on the employment rights of people with intellectual disabilities.
"More often than not, individuals with intellectual disabilities face barriers in the workplace posed not by mental impairments but by other people's attitudes," Commission Chair Cari M. Dominguez said in a statement released Wednesday. "With this fact sheet, the EEOC aims to break down myths, fears and misperceptions that stand in the way of employment opportunities and sometimes even lead to harassment on the job."
"People with intellectual disabilities want to work and have a lot to contribute. Employers who are not tapping into this community are missing out."
The fact sheet, entitled "Questions & Answers About Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act", addresses 20 questions covering such issues as when a mental disability is covered by the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; when employers may ask job applicants or employees about their disabilities or medical conditions; what types of reasonable accommodations applicants or employees may need; how employers can address safety or behavior concerns in the workplace; and how employers can guard against harassment of employees with intellectual disabilities on the job.
The EEOC enforces Title I of the ADA, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments, along with provisions in the 1973 Rehabilitation Act that prohibit disability discrimination in the federal government.
"Q & A About Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act" (EEOC)
"Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Kicks Off 6th Annual Disability Mentoring Day" (Department of Labor)