The ADA and you
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, over the years the United States Supreme Court interpreted it in such a way that almost no one was recognized as being “disabled” and entitled to the law’s protections. Thankfully, Congress amended the ADA in 2009 to restore its meaning and scope.
If you have a serious health condition that affects your life or a major function of your body, you are probably considered to be “disabled” under the law. Your employer cannot treat you less favorably because of your disability, harass you for your disability, or refuse to grant a reasonable accommodation for your disability. It is also against the law for your employer to retaliate against you because you asked for a reasonable accommodation.