Est. time: 18 min

The ADA is a federal anti-discrimination law which prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions, and even schools, from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment, among other things. The ADA provides definitions of what is and what is not considered a disability, and also provides employers with instruction as to what obligations they have should a disability exist.