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THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Introduction Barriers to employment transportation public accommodations public services and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate rehabilitate and employ individuals with disabilities By breaking down these barriers the Americans with Disabilities Act will enable society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities will allow us all to gain from their increased purchasing power and ability to use it and will lead to fuller more productive lives for all Americans The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race color sex national origin age and religion It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations employment transportation State and local government services and telecommunications Fair swift and effective enforcement of this landmark civil rights legislation is a high priority of the Federal Government This booklet is designed to provide answers to some of the most often asked questions about the new law This publication was printed with the generous support of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research EMPLOYMENT Q What employers are covered by title I of the ADA and when is the coverage effective A The title I employment provisions apply to private employers State and local governments employment agencies and labor unions Employers with 25 or more employees are covered as of July 26 1992 Employers with 15 or more employees will be covered two years later beginning July 26 1994 Q What practices and activities are covered by the employment nondiscrimination requirements A The ADA prohibits discrimination in all employment practices including job application procedures hiring firing advancement compensation training and other terms conditions and privileges of employment It applies to recruitment advertising tenure layoff leave fringe benefits and all other employment-related activities Q Who is protected from employment
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