The agency tasked with enforcing the nation’s employment discrimination laws is taking steps to clarify the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace.
In a document released this week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attempts to simplify the often confusing laws surrounding worker rights and workplace accommodations.
Using a question-and-answer format, the agency tackles everything from what employers can and can’t ask about a person’s intellectual disability to what types of accommodations may be requested.
In addition to intellectual disabilities, the EEOC also released similar information this week addressing concerns specific to those with cancer, diabetes and epilepsy. The documents take into account updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act in recent years, agency officials said.
“While there is a considerable amount of general information available about the ADA, the EEOC often is asked questions about how the ADA applies to these conditions,” said Jacqueline A. Berrien, chair of the EEOC.