The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) require that employers provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. The requirement to provide reasonable accommodations applies to most employers on Long Island. Failure to give an accommodation can result in disability discrimination on Long Island.
Employees with Disabilities
Disability is a legal term of art which is defined differently depending on which law is being applied. For example, disability could be different for purposes of determining whether a person can receive Social Security disability benefits. It is also defined differently under the federal and state disability statutes. Before an employer is required to give a reasonable accommodation, the employee must show that he or she is disabled within the meaning of the ADA or NYSHRL.