Arizona ADA laws & safety compliance analysis

Arizona ADA: What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate against a job applicant or employee with a disability who is a qualified individual (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1461 et seq.). The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.

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Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:

  • Participate in any contractual or other arrangement that subjects a qualified individual to unlawful employment discrimination based on disability.
  • Use standards, criteria, or methods of administration that have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability or that perpetuate the discrimination of others.
  • Exclude or otherwise deny equal jobs or benefits to an individual qualified for the job or benefits because he or she associates with a person with a known disability.
  • Fail to make reasonable accommodations to the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer
  • Deny employment opportunities to a qualified job applicant or employee if the denial is based on the need to make a reasonable accommodation to the individual's disability
  • Use qualification standards, employment tests, or other selection criteria that screen out or tend to screen out an individual with a disability, unless the standard, test, or other selection criteria, as used by the employer, is shown to be job related for the position in question and is consistent with business necessity.
  • Fail to select and administer employment tests in the most effective manner to ensure that when testing a job applicant or employee with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking ...

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