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Disability Discrimination Lawsuits Double Under New Definition of “Disability”

Published by on June 14, 2012

On May 31, 2012, The Washington Times reported that the number of employment discrimination lawsuits under the Americas with Disabilities Act (ADA) has nearly doubled in the past five years. This increase follows the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”), which expanded the definition of “disability” to include additional impairments.  More after […]

On May 31, 2012, The Washington Times reported that the number of employment discrimination lawsuits under the Americas with Disabilities Act (ADA) has nearly doubled in the past five years. This increase follows the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”), which expanded the definition of “disability” to include additional impairments.  More after the break.

According to the Washington Times article, disability-related complaints lodged with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rose to their highest level in the last fiscal year, at 26,000, and payouts to complainants through that process nearly doubled to $103 million compared with the figure from 2007.  This figure does not include money paid to litigants who brought suit in civil courts.

To read the Washington Time article, click here.

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