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Frequently people have questions about the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees with regard to accommodating an individual with a disability. There are a variety of laws designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities, and these come with responsibilities of the individual with a disability. Two major laws about rights that apply in Maine are the Maine Human Rights Act and the federal legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

This federal law, signed in 1990 and amended in 2009, provides qualified individuals with disabilities protection from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and service delivery.

The Maine Human Rights Act

This Maine law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, and goes somewhat beyond what is included in the ADA.

Disclosure of a Disability

The decision to disclose a disability to a potential employer is made by the person seeking the job. Information regarding the disability should be disclosed only as needed to the people who need the information. Permission to disclose information regarding disability must be made before an employment provider releases any information. Furthermore, a Provider cannot disclose information that the job seeker does not agree to.