According to the Family Care Alliance (http://www.caregiver.org/)
With caregivers spending an average of 20 hours per week providing care, many encounter work-related difficulties due to their roles as both an employee and caregiver. “Working caregivers are not only required to juggle the demands of their own work environments, but also to manage their caregiving responsibilities at home,” said Jana Burke, the director of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center (http://www.adainformation.org/
Fortunately, the ADA provides protections for employees with caregiving responsibilities.“
In addition to prohibiting discrimination against a qualified worker because of his or her own disability, the ADA also prohibits discrimination against workers who have a relationship or association with someone with a disability.
Burke advises caregivers of people with disabilities to know their rights under Title I of the ADA, which prohibits an employer from treating a worker less favorably based on stereotypical assumptions about the worker’s ability to perform job duties satisfactorily while also providing care to a relative or other individual with a disability. The ADA states that:
· An employer may not discriminate against individuals because of their known relationship or association with persons who have disabilities.
“It’s important for employers to hire candidates based on qualifications and skills, not unfounded generalizations and stereotypes,”
If you are an employer and would like to learn more about caregivers’ protections, or feel that your caregiver rights under the ADA have been violated, you can receive assistance by:
· Contacting the Rocky Mountain ADA Center to learn your rights and responsibilities under the ADA
· Exploring ADA compliance resources for business owners and operators at http://adainformation.org/
· Visiting http://adainformation.org/
To contact the ADA Center directly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 949-4232.
About the Rocky Mountain ADA Center
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is operated by Meeting the Challenge, Inc. and provides information, training and informal guidance to individuals and organizations with rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Center is one of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, and serves a six-state region including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.adainformation.org.