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Your Rights
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If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you have rights protected by the laws of our country.

 
Employment
 
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to private employers and state or local government employers who have 15 or more employees. These entities prohibit employers from discriminating against persons with disabilities.
 
How to file a complaint about employment:
If you have experienced discrimination in employment, you may file a complaint with the U.S.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For more information on filing a complaint, visit http://www.eeoc.gov.

 
Public Accommodations
 
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires businesses that are open to the public to make sure that individuals with a disability have equal access to all that the businesses have to offer. The ADA applies to ALL businesses regardless of size.
 
Examples of businesses which must ensure equal access are: retail stores, hotels, theaters, restaurants, doctors’ and lawyers’ offices, eye doctors, dentists, banks, insurance agencies, museums, parks, libraries, day care centers, recreational programs, social service agencies, and private schools.
 
More information on Title III may be found at http://www.ada.gov/public.htm
 
How to file a complaint under the ADA Title III:
If you experience discrimination by a business that is open to the public, you may file complaint under Title III. More information on filing a complaint can be found at http://www.ada.vo/t3compfm.htm. There is no time limit on filing a complaint but it is best to file as soon as possible.

 
Telephone Relay
 
Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated a nationwide telecommunications relay service to make the telephone network accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing or have speech impairments.
 
More information can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/title4.html.
 

Miscellaneous Provisions
 
Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers items not mentioned in other sections of the ADA. The provisions include:
  • States cannot claim immunity: Individuals with disabilities may sue any state agency for violations of the ADA, but no money may be recovered.
  • Individuals with disabilities who assert their rights under the ADA may not be retaliated against.
  • Courts may grant attorney’s fees to the winning party in an ADA lawsuit.
  • Congress is covered by the ADA.
  • Federal and state laws can be stronger and provide greater protection and additional rights than the ADA does.



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