HR Administration

EEOC Revises Guidelines for Employment Rights of People With Specific Disabilities

By Max Mihelich

May. 17, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released on May 15 four revised documents on the employment rights of people with specific disabilities.

According to an agency news release, the documents are guidelines for the protection against disability discrimination in the workplace “pursuant to the goal of the agency’s strategic plan to provide up-to-date guidance on the requirements of anti-discrimination laws.”

The documents are intended to address how the American with Disabilities Act applies to job applicants and employees with cancer, epilepsy, diabetes and intellectual disabilities.

The revisions reflect recent changes made to the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act in plain language, according to the EEOC. The new definition has been expanded to include a wide range of impairments that stem from the ones previously listed.

Max Mihelich is a writer in the Chicago area.

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