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Your Legal Disability Rights

Know your rights under federal law. Read about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects people’s rights regarding employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and more. Learn about special accommodations for voters and know how to fight job discrimination.

protects the rights of people with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity in:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPublic accommodations

  • Jobs

  • Transportation

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGovernment services

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtTelecommunications

The Department of Justice answers questions about ADA requirements. It's available to businesses, state and local governments, and the public. Call 1- 800-514-0301 (TTY: 1-800-514-0383).

Find More ADA Resources From the Government

The ADA website has information on:

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe website provides:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt for telecommunications, public transportation, and recreational facilities

  • A for buildings

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt requires federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible.

  • View information on .

  • For questions, .

When to File a Complaint

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAccording to , hotels, restaurants, and certain places of entertainment must provide disability access. 

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you feel that you've been the object of Title III discrimination, you can file an.

Voter Accessibility Laws

Voter accessibility laws ensure that people with disabilities or language barriers are able to vote.

If you know you’ll need accommodations on Election Day, contact your state or local election office to find out what to expect at your polling place. 

Please note: Many voters with disabilities rely on in-person voting at accessible polling places. Voters with language barriers often depend on the help of interpreters at the polls. 

Changes to polling places are possible due to the coronavirus. These may include different locations, layouts, procedures, and availability of translators.

If you need to vote in person, check your polling place before Election Day. Find out about early voting options. And check with to learn:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf your needs will be met at your polling station

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtOther ways you may be able to vote

Laws and Accommodations That Help Voters With Disabilities

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSeveral federal laws protect the voting rights of Americans with disabilities. These include the and the .

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVoters with disabilities have the right to:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVote in private, without help

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtHave an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPolling places must have:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtWheelchair-accessible voting booths

  • Entrances and doorways at least 32 inches wide

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtHandrails on all stairs

  • Voting equipment for people who are blind or visually impaired

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you have a disability, you may:

  • Seek help from poll workers trained to use an accessible voting machine, or

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBring someone to help you vote

You can also ask your election office what other options you have.

  • Some states offer “curbside voting," when a poll worker brings everything you need to vote to your car.

  • Some set up polling places at long-term care facilities.

  • Local organizations may provide transportation to the polls.

  • Many states let people with disabilities vote by mail.

Accommodations That Help Voters Who Need Language Assistance

The helps people overcome language barriers to voting.

  • The downloadable is available in 11 languages. Find tips on everything from registering to vote to casting a ballot on Election Day.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe is available in 15 languages. You can use it in most states to register and to update your voter registration information.

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal law also lets you bring someone to help you if you can't read or write.

enforces . These laws protect employees and job applicants against:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDiscrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment in the workplace by anyone because of:

    • Race

    • Color

    • Religion

    • Sex (including gender identity, transgender status, and sexual orientation)

    • Pregnancy

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtNational origin

    • Age (40 or older)

    • Disability

    • Genetic information

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBeing denied reasonable workplace accommodations for disability or religious beliefs

  • Retaliation because they:

    • Complained about job discrimination

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtHelped with an investigation or lawsuit

Filing a Complaint with State or Local Government or Tribal Employment Rights Office

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtTo file a complaint, contact your .

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtMany state and local governments have their own anti-discrimination laws. These laws may offer extra protections beyond federal laws.

Some state laws:

  • Apply to businesses with only five or six employees

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtProhibit discrimination based on whether you're married or have children

  • Have different deadlines for filing a charge

  • Have different standards for deciding whether you’re covered by them

Many state laws have more protections for nursing mothers than federal law requires. enforce these laws.

Filing a Lawsuit

If you're a victim of job discrimination or harassment, you can . If the discrimination violates federal law, you must first file a charge with the EEOC. (This doesn't apply to cases of unequal pay between men and women.)

You may decide to sue if the EEOC can’t help you. In either case, look for an attorney who specializes in employment law. You can check with:

Not All Employers Are Subject to EEOC Laws

This number varies based on the type of employer and the kind of discrimination alleged.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBusinesses, state, and local governments must follow most EEOC laws if they have 15 or more employees.

  • Federal agencies must follow all EEOC laws, no matter how many employees they have.

Laws that the EEOC Enforces

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal employment discrimination laws include:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt (ADA) – prohibiting discrimination against workers with disabilities and mandating reasonable accommodations

  • (ADEA)

  • (Title VII) – prohibiting discrimination based on:

    • Race

    • Color

    • Religion

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtNational origin

    • Sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity). Learn more about for LGBTQ workers. These protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt (EPA) – requiring equal pay for equal work by men and women

Harassment

is unwelcome conduct based on:

  • Race

  • Color

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtNational origin

  • Age

  • Pregnancy

  • Disability

  • Genetic information

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIt can include:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtOffensive jokes

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPhysical assaults or threats

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtRidicule or insults

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDisplay of offensive objects or pictures

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt may include:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances

  • Requests for sexual favors

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtOther verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature

  • Offensive remarks about a person's sex

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtHarassment becomes illegal when:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIt creates a hostile or abusive work environment

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe victim gets fired or demoted for refusing to put up with it

Protection from Retaliation

EEOC laws protect employees and job applicants from . For example, it’s unlawful to punish people for:

  • Filing or being a witness in an EEO charge or investigation

  • Talking to a supervisor or manager about discrimination or harassment

  • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtResisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others

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Last Updated: June 3, 2020

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