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Unintended Consequences?

Published by on January 22, 2008

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on diversity training, I came across an article in the New York Times on “freakonomics” — the law of unintended consequences.  The authors of the article discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) has affected the hiring of individual’s with disabilities.  (The Adam Smith, Esq. blog discusses the […]

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on diversity training, I came across an article in the New York Times on “freakonomics” — the law of unintended consequences.  The authors of the article discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) has affected the hiring of individual’s with disabilities.  (The Adam Smith, Esq. blog discusses the issue here.) 

The authors also have a blog where they discuss the issue here.  They cite to an economic study that concludes that the ADA has actually worsened job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

As noted before in this blog, with a Democratic-controlled Congress in session a change in administration in 2008 may result in new employment laws being passed.  Will those laws ultimately have the desired effect?

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