The existence of disability discrimination in the workplace is disheartening and unfortunate. However, various laws have been passed and amended to help disabled workers. Going in order, section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits the federal government, as an employer, from discriminating against individuals with qualified disabilities.
In July of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed. It was considered the first comprehensive civil rights law for individuals with disabilities. The Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, in public services, in public accommodations and in telecommunications. This was followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which overruled several Supreme Court decisions that made it difficult for plaintiffs to prevail in discrimination actions.