This chapter explains, in an easily understood fashion, the workings of
the ADA and how managers can stay within the framework of a statute and
still achieve the best results from the employees who are protected thereby.
It helps answer the questions of what is a "disability" under
the Act, what are the "essential functions" of a job, and what
managers must do to prove their efforts to "reasonably accommodate."
Attention is also called to a frequently overlooked provision of the Act
which is causing particular trouble -- the provision prohibiting discrimination
in the event of a "perceived" disability, as distinguished from
an actual disability. It also discusses the relationship between the ADA,
the Family and Medical Leave Act and the workers' compensation statutes.