Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. Religious organizations with 15 or more employees are covered under the ADA. An employee may be classified as having a disability if he or she has a disability that falls within the ADA’s three-prong definition.

The definition of "disability" is broadly construed as: (1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) a record (or past history) of such an impairment; or (3) being regarded as having a disability.

If a person with a disability is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, the employer must consider accommodating the person unless it would result in undue hardship to the organization.

Regarding vaccines, employers can generally mandate that employees receive a vaccine, but there are several exemptions. This article about vaccination requirements from Brotherhood Mutual provides additional information.

ADA Resources in the Brotherhood Mutual Safety Library: