Disability Discrimination Claims Grow in 2010

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported 25,165 disability discrimination claims were filed last year, which is 17 percent more than those filed in 2009. This is the most disability-related claims the EEOC has encountered since the Americans with Disabilities Act began to be enforced in 1992.  Though entirely sure, some experts believe the expanded definition of "disabled," which became effective in January 2009, may have contributed to the rise in disability claims in 2010.  Always keep in mind that any employment decisions concerning an individual with a disability or medical condition should be made objectively based on that person’s qualifications and the needs of the job function.  


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