Everyone Can Work

A Handbook for Employment Resources


U.S. citizens are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which outlaws discrimination in the workplace against qualified persons with a disability.

Important details of the Act:

If you feel you are being discriminated against:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Generally, the EEOC must be contacted within 180 days from when the alleged discrimination takes place. However, some states allow up to 300 days to file a complaint. To file a complaint, call the nearest EEOC office. To find an office, visit

What are employment accommodations?

According to the Code of Federal Regulation on Reasonable Accommodation (Title 29, Section 1613.704), an employer should make reasonable accommodations for any physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant or employee unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of its program.

Accomodations include:

For more information, visit or call 800-333-4636.

West Virginia Advocates (WVA)

WVA's mission is to protect and advocate for the human and legal rights of persons with disabilities. The program's services are confidential and free of charge. Because of limited resources, WVA cannot help everyone who requests services; however, the program's Intake Department gives information and referral to anyone who calls. WVA's acceptance of direct advocacy and legal cases is determined by a variety of criteria.

West Virginia Advocates specialize in:

For more information, visit or call 800-950-5250.

Client Assistance Program (CAP)

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) at West Virginia Advocates can assist you in seeking and receiving services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services or a Center for Independent Living. CAP provides information, advises on rights and responsibilities, teaches self-advocacy skills, investigates complaints, advocates the resolution of problems and helps you achieve your personal vocational and employment goals. CAP also trains groups who want to know more about their rights under the Rehabilitation Act. All services are free and confidential. For more information, call 304-346-0847.

West Virginia Human Rights Commission

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission is the state agency created by the West Virginia Human Rights Act and charged with the responsibility of working to eliminate discrimination in West Virginia. The Commission accepts and investigates claims of employment and public accommodation discrimination. For more information or to file a complaint with the Commission, visit or call 888-676-5546.

Where can I find employment resources?

Several programs, state and federal, offer resources that deal specifically with employment accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This booklet provides a list of programs and a description of the resources they provide.

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