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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

15 Things You Need to Know About Disability Discrimination

If you have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, you might be covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Many people are confused about their rights and responsibilities if they have a covered disability, and whether or not they are covered.
Here are 15 things you need to know about disability discrimination

1. Covered impairment
Your impairment can be physical or mental. Homosexuality, pregnancy, weight, and height are not considered disabilities. (Pregnancy is covered as a separate type of discrimination.) The disability doesn't have to be permanent. Temporary impairments that. . . read more on AOL Jobs.

Thanks again to Gina Misiroglu of Red Room for putting me in touch with the AOL people!

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I appreciate your comments and general questions but this isn't the place to ask confidential legal questions. If you need an employee-side employment lawyer, try http://exchange.nela.org/findalawyer to locate one in your state.