Know Your Employment Rights: In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Know Your Employment Rights: In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, 1 p.m.

This year marks not only the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM), but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Each October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988, and changed the commemoration to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

In NDEAM, the Center for Accessibility will host a "Know Your Rights" session related to employment for people with disabilities. 

Federal and local laws protect people with disabilities from discrimination in employment. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.

Jessica Hunt, Attorney Advisor, with the DC Office of Disability Rights, will answer the following questions and more:

What is a "reasonable accommodation?"
Can I be asked about my disability in a job interview?
Who is considered disabled under the law?
What are my rights?


Attend this virtual program on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. via Zoom Webinar.
Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6PQ4i3dRQJ681wPholcMEQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You may also watch live through our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dclibrary/.


About Jessica Hunt: For the past nine years, Jessica Hunt has been the Attorney Advisor for the DC Office of Disability Rights, and is a licensed attorney in DC and KY, and an associate of the VA Bar. In her current position, Ms. Hunt processes complaints of disability discrimination and provides guidance and training to District of Columbia employees and residents on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and disability sensitivity and etiquette. 

She serves as part of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Leadership Network’s cadre of trainers, and her areas of expertise include service animals, housing and shelter situations, and reasonable accommodation. Additionally, Ms. Hunt acts as an Accessibility Officer during special events and state and local emergencies to provide technical assistance and training in the District’s Emergency Operations Command Center. Prior to her employment with ODR, she spent four years at the U.S. Department of the Army Headquarters, Office of Civil Rights, as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. Before completing law school at the University of Kentucky in 2007, Ms. Hunt accepted a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Chauny, France, where she conducted independent research on the differences between living with a disability in the United States and The European Union. As a District resident, Ms. Hunt serves her community as a member of the DC Advocacy Partners and was appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Commission for National Community Service.


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Add to Calendar 21-10-2020 13:00:00 21-10-2020 14:00:00 Know Your Employment Rights: In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month This year marks not only the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM), but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Each October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988, and changed the commemoration to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In NDEAM, the Center for Accessibility will host a "Know Your Rights" session related to employment for people with disabilities.  Federal and local laws protect people with disabilities from discrimination in employment. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. Jessica Hunt, Attorney Advisor, with the DC Office of Disability Rights, will answer the following questions and more: What is a "reasonable accommodation?" Can I be asked about my disability in a job interview? Who is considered disabled under the law? What are my rights? Attend this virtual program on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. via Zoom Webinar. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6PQ4i3dRQJ681wPholcMEQ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You may also watch live through our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dclibrary/. About Jessica Hunt: For the past nine years, Jessica Hunt has been the Attorney Advisor for the DC Office of Disability Rights, and is a licensed attorney in DC and KY, and an associate of the VA Bar. In her current position, Ms. Hunt processes complaints of disability discrimination and provides guidance and training to District of Columbia employees and residents on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and disability sensitivity and etiquette.  She serves as part of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Leadership Network’s cadre of trainers, and her areas of expertise include service animals, housing and shelter situations, and reasonable accommodation. Additionally, Ms. Hunt acts as an Accessibility Officer during special events and state and local emergencies to provide technical assistance and training in the District’s Emergency Operations Command Center. Prior to her employment with ODR, she spent four years at the U.S. Department of the Army Headquarters, Office of Civil Rights, as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. Before completing law school at the University of Kentucky in 2007, Ms. Hunt accepted a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Chauny, France, where she conducted independent research on the differences between living with a disability in the United States and The European Union. As a District resident, Ms. Hunt serves her community as a member of the DC Advocacy Partners and was appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Commission for National Community Service. Zoom software (“Zoom”) is provided by Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an entity separate and apart from the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL).  Zoom is not provided by nor maintained by DCPL.  DCPL makes no guarantee of any kind regarding the use of Zoom.  You are solely responsible for determining the appropriateness of using Zoom, and you assume all risks associated with its use, including but not limited to the risk of hacking, privacy invasion, interruptions, and exposure to content you deem inappropriate from attendees or hackers.  DCPL is not responsible or liable for any damages resulting from the use of Zoom. Visit Zoom.us to learn more about Zoom’s privacy and security. false DD/MM/YYYY