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Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

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There are laws that protect the rights of people with an inherited mutation or hereditary cancer.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Cancer can result in long-term disabilities that make it hard to work or get around. The Americans with Disabilities Act makes it possible for people who can do the essential parts of their job to go back to work or keep working during and after cancer treatment. Even when a previvor or person with cancer doesn’t have a disability, they may be thought of as being disabled. This can set the stage for discrimination at work. ADA addresses this as well.

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides publications and other technical assistance on the basic requirements of the ADA. It does not enforce any part of the law.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces ADA regulations covering employment.

Updated 05/25/2016

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