Thursday, April 20, 2017

Workplace Discrimination Still a Challenge for Patients With Cancer - CANCER THERAPY ADVISOR

by Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA
Originally published: April 19, 2017

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act has not improved workplace discrimination towards patients with chronic illnesses including cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.1

The ADA was passed in 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act was passed in 2008 to inclusively define impairment caused by chronic diseases. The purpose of this analysis was to evaluate how the amendments have affected workplace discrimination towards patients with cancer.

The study compared claimant data from the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission collected during 2001 to 2008, prior to the Amendments Act, and after the Act was implemented, during 2009 to 2011.