Americans With Disabilities Act

Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 25 Years

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2015

On September 14, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. For 25 years, these regulations have helped countless individuals with mental or physical disabilities receive and hold employment. However, experts and officials say there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to preventing discrimination against the disabled.

The Knoxville News Sentinel discusses how many businesses have worked to stay in compliance with rules outlined by the ADA. Some structures have required upgrades in order to accommodate those with disabilities. In cases where accommodations for the disabled cannot be made, the law now requires products and services to be made available to the disabled through other means.

Despite the focus that has been placed on creating businesses that are disability-friendly, data indicates that many disabled citizens continue to struggle to gain employment. In fact, 40 percent of homeless individuals suffer from a disability.

Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about this issue as we celebrate a quarter century of the ADA.

At Ponce Law, we have seen first hand how the ADA has had a positive impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are excited to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary, and we hope to see the law continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Americans.

 

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

by Staff Blogger | March 25th, 2015

Every American worker—including those who are disabled—have the right to fair treatment on the job. That wasn’t always the case, though. It wasn’t until 25 years ago that these rights were established when the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was signed into law.

The ADA outlines policies that prohibit employers from discriminating against a worker due to a mental or physical disability. In order for a disability to be covered under the ADA, it must be serious and permanent.

To celebrate the anniversary of the signing of this law, an event was held at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The program was highlighted by a speech given by one of the men responsible for pushing the ADA into law, Lex Frieden.

An article from the Austin American-Statesmen explained how Frieden discussed how crucial it is for disabled Americans to be their own best advocates and to develop partnerships with others. He also pointed out the importance of strong leadership and perseverance in the face of adversity.

At Ponce Law, we understand the impact the ADA has had on the American justice system, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to take this moment to applaud our nation for taking such strong steps to protect disabled citizens from discrimination.

Nashville Employment Lawyers Discuss Three Common Workplace Disputes

by Staff Blogger | March 11th, 2015

Employers in Tennessee have a right to hire and terminate employees at will, there are certain laws that protect workers in our state from being treated inappropriately on the job or paid unfair wages. The Nashville employment lawyers with Ponce Law explain there are three common violations of these laws:

  1. DiscriminationUnfair treatment of an employee due to his or her age, sex, gender, religion, or ethnicity is strictly forbidden in the Tennessee workplace. Individuals may also be discriminated due to sexual preference or a disability as well. The latter is specifically prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  2. Wage DisputesState law protects workers from being required to work more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay. It also establishes the minimum wage an employer can pay workers. Any failure to abide by these regulations can result in a civil lawsuit.
  3. Sexual HarassmentThe Tennessee Employment Law Center explains that any sort of unwelcome sexual advance, conduct, or request is considered discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Furthermore, any act or conduct that significantly interferes with a worker’s performance and creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work setting can be considered sexual harassment.

If you’ve been the victim of an employer’s misconduct, it’s important to know that help is available. At Ponce Law, our legal staff is standing by to assist you any way we can, whether it’s answering your questions or helping you start the Tennessee employment dispute claims process. We can be reached by calling (800) 363-9113 anytime.

Nashville Company Providing Work to Tennesseans With Intellectual Disabilities

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2014

In 1990, the federal government enacted the Americans With Disabilities Act to protect people with mental and physical impairments from being employer discrimination. One Nashville insurance company is leading the charge to help  disabled Tennesseans find work by recruiting people with intellectual disabilities to fill positions.

WSMV 4 News reports that in February, the insurance provider AIG decided to transfer their files to a digital format, which means labor-intensive work to organize and scan the 6 million paper files on hand. Administrators met with the non-profit organization, The Arc of Davidson County, and determined several candidates would fit the roles.

The 33 individuals who were hired have now secured employment for as long as the three years it may take to complete the file conversions. CEO of The Arc, Sheila Moore, pointed out how the experience is beneficial for those involved, as the opportunity will provide them with skills that can be applied to other jobs. Meanwhile, AIG has shown just how successful those with intellectual disabilities can be in professional settings.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law would like to applaud the efforts of all those involved in providing work to Middle Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities.