The Americans With Disabilities Act Didn't Cause A Flood of Lawsuits

Date Published: 
Mon, 04/26/1999

Susan Garland. Business Week. April 26, 1999. 

Protecting the disabled won’t cripple business” argues that employer fears of a tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits in the wake of the Americans With Disabilities Act were greatly exaggerated.

“Rather than balloon, the number of cases has actually declined in recent years…What's more, employers win in court 92% of the time, according to a 1998 study by the American Bar Assn. If anything, the law often tilts unfairly against job applicants and employees with treatable disabilities.” According to the Job Accommodation Network, the mean cost of enabling workers with disabilities to access the workplace is $935. In 80 percent of cases, the cost has been under $1,000.