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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