Keep Up the Good Work: How the ADA’s Workplace Protections May Help Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors

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If you’re a young adult affected by cancer and concerned about its impact on your job, you’re not alone. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other workplace protections may be able to help.

The ADA is a federal law that makes it illegal for state and local governments and private employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a job applicant or employee with a disability. It covers any stage of the employment process, including applying for a job.

Is Cancer Considered a Disability?

You might not think that this law applies to you. But the ADA defines the word “disability” as an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Examples are eating, sleeping, or concentrating.

Cancer can affect major life activities. So cancer, or its effects, may be a disability under the ADA. It depends on the person’s specific circumstances.

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Learn more in this new article by CLRC Co-Director Shelly Rosenfeld, Esq.:

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