One of the goals of the Americans
With Disabilities Act (ADA) is to
help handicapped people who are able
to work find mainstream employment.
Unfortunately, the ADA is so new that
courts are still defining how it applies to
various situations. One consequence is
that even employers who are conforming
correctly may have to pay some
huge legal bills to find out that they
were right all along.
The ADA applies to every employer
with 15 or more employees. But don't
assume that if you have less than 15
employees you're off the hook, because
many states also have regulations
regarding hiring the handicapped.
Broadly stated, the ADA prohibits
you from not hiring someone who has
a mental or