Alaska ADA laws & safety compliance analysis

Alaska ADA: What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

The Alaska Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of disability. The Law covers all public and private employers regardless of size, except for nonprofit educational, charitable, and religious associations (AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.010 et seq.)

'Disability' Defined
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A "disability" is defined as:

  • A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • A history of or being misclassified as having such an impairment;
  • Having an impairment that does not substantially limit a major life activity but that is treated by the person as constituting such a limitation;
  • Having an impairment that substantially limits a person's major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward the impairment
  • Having no impairment but being treated by others as having such an impairment; or
  • A condition that may require the use of a prosthesis, special equipment for mobility, or a service animal.

Physical or mental impairment. Physical or mental impairment means a physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory including speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.

An impairment also includes a mental or psychological disorder, including intellectual disability, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

Major life activities. "Major life activities" are functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and ...

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