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What Are My Rights?

Individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination in employment primarily by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides information about these laws.

ADA National Network: The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers
U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources: Employee Rights
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability
Southeast ADA Center, ADA Employment and Disability Resource List
Requesting reasonable accommodations:

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations: has links to materials by disability, topic, and limitation.
Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Accommodation and Compliance Series: Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter By: Linda Carter Batiste, J.D.

Disability Disclosure:

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace Why, When, What, and How: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: ‘Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?’ This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.

Accessing lawyers or professionals for questions or concerns/complaint information:
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
An independent, statewide, non-profit corporation that protects and advances the legal rights of people with disabilities. Services are free. Phone: 866-275-7273 (Toll free statewide-VOICE); 866-232-4525 (Toll free statewide—TTY). Email:

South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
The Mission of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission is to eliminate and prevent unlawful discrimination in: employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability; housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability; and public accommodations on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion. South Carolina Human Affairs Commission: Filing a Complaint

ADA National Network: Talk to an ADA Specialist
The ADA National Network provides informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related laws. The ten regional Centers that comprise the ADA National Network staff a toll-free information line (voice or TTY), 1-800-949-4232, respond to inquiries submitted online via email or regional Center websites.

The ADA National Network Regional Center for South Carolina is the Southeast ADA Center

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Filing A Charge of Discrimination

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your disability
you can file a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Alternatives to Guardianship
Guardianship can affect employment of people with disabilities. Below are some helpful resources:
Alternatives to Guardianship in SC, Frequently Asked Questions
National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Success Stories of Supported Decision-Making




American Job Center

ATTENTION Claimants: Don’t lose your benefits
The S.C. Legislature has changed the requirement for UI Benefits eligibility. Claimants now must make at least two (2) weekly job search contacts through SC Works Online Services at You must register with the site and sign on with your username and password for the search to be counted in our system.

If you do not conduct two searches through the SC Works Online System you will not receive payment for the week.

For more information, please visit and click on the Work Search banner.



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