Legal

ADA ISNT THE ONLY AREA OF DISCRIMINATION

Issue 9 and Volume 149.

ADA ISN`T THE ONLY AREA OF DISCRIMINATION BY THOMAS D. SCHNEID In the past year, the topic of many of these columns has been the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although fire departments have focused on the ADA, several other federal and some state laws have emerged as areas of difficulty as well. Prudent fire departments should be aware of all the applicable federal and state laws regarding discrimination, know the requirements of each, and ensure the department is in compliance. Below are several of the major federal provisions of which the fire service should be aware. Rehabilitation Act of 1973.1 This Act, predecessor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by programs receiving federal funds or federal agencies. The primary focus of this legislation is to help disabled individuals obtain rehabilitation, gain access to employment and facilities, and enjoy equal employment…

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