EEOC Issues Updated Guidance On Visual Disabilities

Volume: 22 | Issue: 36
July 31, 2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released an updated technical assistance document explaining how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with visual disabilities.

The guidance, entitled “Visual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” outlines when an employer can ask about vision, how an employer should treat voluntary disclosures about vision disabilities, and what types of reasonable accommodations those with visual disabilities may need in the workplace. The guidance also highlights new technologies for visual disabilities as potential reasonable accommodations and describes how using artificial intelligence and algorithms to make employment decisions can impact individuals with visual disabilities. Finally, the guidance addresses how an employer should handle safety concerns about applicants and employees with visual disabilities, and how an employer can ensure that no employee is harassed because of a visual disability.

If you have questions about this updated guidance or need assistance with an ADA matter, please contact a KZA attorney.

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