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Employee Rights, Disability Accommodation

 

Section 210 of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination with regard to access to public services, programs, activities, or places of public accommodation in covered locations and offices. These protections extend to all members of the public.

Offices of the Senate and the House of Representatives, joint committees of Congress, the Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office, Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Office of the Attending Physician, the Office of Compliance, and the
Capitol Guides Service all must comply with Section 210's requirements in their dealings with the public.

Individuals who feel their rights under this provision have been violated can file a charge of discrimination with the General Counsel of the Office of Compliance. This charge must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. After a charge is filed, the General Counsel will conduct an investigation. If the investigation reveals that a violation has occurred, the General Counsel may either request mediation to resolve the dispute or file a formal complaint with the Office of Compliance.

At least once each Congress, the General Counsel is required to inspect and report to Congress on the compliance of Legislative Branch facilities and programs with disability access and accommodations requirements.

 

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