Celebrating 31 Years of the ADA

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Celebrating 31 Years of the ADA

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is proud to be working to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities by federal contractors in all aspects of employment, including equal opportunity and non-discrimination in hiring, compensation, and promotions.

At OFCCP, we promote disability inclusion by enforcing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. OFCCP provides comprehensive compliance assistance to help federal contractors exceed the nationwide goal for at least 7% of their workforce to comprise persons with disabilities, and we eliminate employment discrimination when we find it.

OFCCP also investigates disability complaints. Complaints filed with OFCCP under Section 503 often also fall within EEOC’s jurisdiction under Title I of the ADA. These discrimination complaints are considered dual-filed, and OFCCP acts as EEOC’s agent when receiving, investigating and processing these complaints. OFCCP also accepts complaints alleging violations of federal contractors’ affirmative action obligations under Section 503.  These affirmative action complaints are unique to OFCCP and are not considered dual-filed.

Learn more about the rights OFCCP protects and other resources that help promote disability inclusion in the workplace:

  • Reasonable Accommodations Pocket Card – This pocket card assists applicants, employees and other interested parties in understanding the process for requesting a reasonable accommodation. 
  • Disability Rights Facts Sheet – This fact sheet provides information on employee and applicant rights as an individual with a disability. It addresses multiple areas including the definition of a disability, the protections OFCCP enforces, and reasonable accommodations. It also provides information on filing a complaint related to discrimination in hiring, firing, pay, benefits, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, job training, recruitment, or other personnel activities because of disability.
  • Disability Inclusion Starts With You – As part of OFCCP’s ongoing efforts to support greater self-identification by individuals with disabilities, we created this video to explain the benefits of voluntary self-identification. Contractors may wish to download and post this video on their Intranet or company websites to share with their employees and job applicants who may be reluctant to self-identify, or who may not understand why they are being asked to self-identify.

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