The EEOC recently issued four revised documents in its disability discrimination “Questions and Answers Series,” addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to individuals with (1) cancer, (2) diabetes, (3) epilepsy, and (4) intellectual disabilities.
The documents state that, because of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, individuals with these four types of disabilities “should easily be found to have a disability within the meaning of the first part of the ADA’s definition of disability.” They provide guidance regarding what information employers may seek regarding these types of disabilities, what questions an employer may ask applicants, the typical types of reasonable accommodations applicable to these disabilities, and potential safety concerns that may arise. There are many helpful examples about how employers can best handle specific situations.
The publications are written in plain language and are available on the EEOC’s website here. As these publications are readily available to applicants and employees, employers should be mindful of them when making decisions regarding hiring and accommodating employees with these types of disabilities.