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Tennessee Disability Laws and Federal Acts

Two primary federal laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Their purpose is to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided the same rights, protections, and opportunities as those without. These laws apply to all public places, federal services, federally-funded services, and more.

To be protected by disability laws you must have a disability or be closely associated with someone who has a disability. In this context, a person with a disability is defined as one or more of the following:

  • Someone who has a physical or mental impairment that severely limits their abilities

  • Someone who has a history of said impairment but is in recovery

  • Someone who has retained a noticeable characteristic resulting from the impairment

Those with a disability are covered under The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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The Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Originally amended from the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, this law prohibits disability discrimination within the federal government and associated contractors. It also requires federal agencies to take affirmative action when hiring, placing, and promoting people with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990

This law expands on the Rehabilitation Act to include public services, accommodations, and employment opportunities. Specifically, the ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities regarding:

  • Access to government programs and services

  • Communications and technology accessibility

  • Employment and related accommodations

  • Public buildings and transportation accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act has become the most recognized resource for disability protection and those seeking information about discrimination.

Disability Laws in Tennessee

The Tennessee Disability Act prohibit disability discrimination in the workplace. It does not, however, require employers to make accommodations for employees with disabilities. If this results in a disabled employee failing to properly do their job, the employer can fire that person.

The State of Tennessee offers a number of support programs to those living with disabilities. These include Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) and the Disability Law Advocacy Center of Tennessee.

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Antidiscrimination Attorneys in Tennessee

The disability attorneys here at Drozdowski & Rabin seek to protect and advocate for Tennesseans with disabilities. We are here to help when you need us, and we will fight tirelessly on your behalf.

Whether you live with a physical impairment or a mental one, our attorneys are here for you. If you have suffered discrimination, trust our lawyers to help. Reach out online or call Drozdowski & Rabin today.

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