The Disability Law Center would like to thank the
Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation for making this publication possible.
Your employment rights and
how to protect them
Every year the Disability Law Center (DLC) gathers input from citizens with disabilities, advocacy groups,
advisory councils and our Board of Trustees. What we hear is that people with disabilities know they have
employment rights but do not understand what those rights are.
This guide is a basic overview of some of the laws that protect the employment rights of people with
disabilities. Please keep in mind that volumes have been written about employment rights. It would not be
possible to provide information about all the rights, exceptions, and special circumstances about all
employment laws in this guide. This guide is intended to answer some basic questions so that individuals with
disabilities can understand some of their rights and understand what to do if their rights have been violated.
This guide is informational only and is not intended to be legal advice. Also, the laws addressed in this guide
change frequently based on different courts interpretations of them. Whenever anyone has an actual legal
problem it is best to contact a lawyer to determine which laws may apply to that specific situation at that time.
This guide was written by the Disability Law Center, a private non-profit organization designated by the
governor to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Utah. The DLC envisions a society where abilities
rather than disabilities are emphasized; where all people have an equal opportunity to participate in society;
where all people are treated with equity, dignity and respect for their expressed choices.
For more information, please call the Disability Law Center at 1-800-662-9080 (voice) or 1-800-550-4182
Individuals with disabilities should be given the same consideration
for employment that individuals without disabi