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Critique of Ada and Affirmative Action

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Critique of ADA and Affirmative Action

Discrimination is something that happens every day to not only people with disabilities but to people of different race and religions as well. ADA which stands for Americans with Disabilities Act is a Act that was put together to prevent disabled Americans from being discriminated against in the workplace, in public places, and housing. Affirmative Action stops discrimination from all people no matter if one suffers from a disability or not. This paper will consist of a critique of both ADA and Affirmative Action based off of readings and research. Without ADA and Affirmative Action many more people would be discriminated against in the workplace as well as many other public places.

American Disabilities Act

"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities" (United States Department of Labor, n.d. para. 1). The ADA was signed turned into a law that was passed by President George H.W. Bush in July of 1990. People who qualify for assistance under the ADA are those who have physical or mental disabilities. The ADA is enforced by the Department of Labor. The Department of Labor then has other federal agencies in which help enforce the ADA Law. These agencies in which help enforce the ADA Law these agencies are the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC), The Department of Transportation, The Communications Commissions (FCC), and The Department of Justice. Each of these agencies enforces different parts of the ADA. Without the agencies in which helps the ADA enforce the Law the ADA Law may not be in effect today and those with disabilities would still be fighting today for their rights to work.

Based off of research that has been completed the ADA ensures that those with a disability are treated fairly when it comes to employment opportunities. If one with a disability is not treated fairly and is well qualified for the position that he or she is applying for the organization in which passed up the disabled person will face a law suit. Buildings must meet certain standards to assist those with physical disabilities to ensure that one who is in a wheel chair can still get around to work the job to the best of his or her ability. According to the law if building were not modified to fit the needs of a disabled person the building owner could face a law suit. Older building according to the law must be modified to meet the needs for disabled people. Changes that are needed to me made are reasonable changes that would assist in the person performing the job he or she is set out to do. Things such as an elevator being placed in the building so one could reach floors that are needed to complete his or her job.

Affirmative Action

"Affirmative Action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members



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