Title V of the Rehabilitation Act

What does Title V of the Rehabilitation Act mean?

Title V of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973. The act specifically addressed eliminating physical barriers to employment for those with disabilities as well as discriminatory employment practices which might limit the ability of the disabled to find or maintain employment.

Under the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Title V, specifically Sections 501, 502, 503, and 504, certain employers are expected to “make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.” The law does not, however, require employers to hire disabled individuals if they are not qualified for employment.

Purpose of this Act

The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Title V was created with the purpose of helping those with disabilities maximize their “employment, economic self sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.” The Federal Government believes this can best be done through increased employment opportunities, vocational assistance, and the guarantee of equal opportunity.

This act allowed the Federal Government to lead the way to promote employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities. The Act specifically pertains to private employers with federal contracts over $2,500.

Protections under the Title V of the Rehabilitation Act

The act also protects individuals against interference, coercion, intimidation, and retaliation. For instance, if an employee made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this Act employers are barred from discriminating against them. If discrimination or any other illegal activity has occurred the employee is allowed to seek legal remedies to address the issue.

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