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Who is Responsible for Enforcing ADA Compliance?

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March 12, 2023 |

ADA Enforcement and Responsibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in various areas of life, including employment, public accommodations, and transportation. But who is responsible for enforcing ADA compliance? This article will explore the different entities that ensure that businesses and organizations comply with the law.

The Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the primary federal agency enforcing ADA compliance. The DOJ has the authority to investigate complaints of discrimination and take legal action against businesses and organizations that violate the law. The DOJ can also provide technical assistance to help businesses and organizations understand their obligations under the ADA. Additionally, the DOJ has the power to issue regulations and guidance to clarify the requirements of the law.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

While the DOJ is responsible for enforcing ADA compliance in public accommodations and government entities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing compliance in the workplace. The EEOC investigates complaints of discrimination related to disability and can take legal action against employers who violate the law. The EEOC also provides technical assistance to employers to help them understand their obligations under the ADA. Businesses and organizations need to understand the role of both the DOJ and the EEOC in enforcing ADA compliance.

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Private Individuals and Organizations

Private individuals and organizations also play a role in enforcing ADA compliance. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against due to a disability can file a complaint with the DOJ or the EEOC. Additionally, advocacy groups and organizations focused on disability rights can bring attention to non-compliant businesses and organizations and push for change. Everyone must understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA to ensure equal access and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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