Do Small Businesses with Fewer Than 15 Employees Have to Be ADA Compliant?
By Susan Lacke
Published July 30, 2020
One in four U.S. adults – or 61 million Americans – has a disability. Each one of those is a potential employee, contractor, or customer. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination, but some rules only apply to employers with 15 or more employees. Some small businesses may wonder what rules apply to them.
Title I of the ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations (a modification or adjustment to the way things are done at a business) for applicants and employees with disabilities. The rules apply to private employers with 15 or more employees and state and local government employers, but that doesn’t mean small businesses are exempt from the ADA altogether. Some states have different laws that may require smaller employers to provide reasonable accommodations. There’s also Title III of the ADA, which requires accommodations for people with disabilities in businesses that provide goods [...]