Discrimination against people with disabilities is banned by both United States Federal law and Connecticut State law. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law designed to ensure equal access for people with disabilities or impairments. In addition to the ADA, the State of Connecticut has its own disability rights regulations. Under both Federal and State law, people with disabilities are entitled to full and equal access to places of public accommodation and general business establishment. Together, these laws protect Americans’ civil rights, but while people often refer to both Federal and State laws as “the ADA laws,” there are some differences between the two.
The Federal ADA regulations require that all new construction for public accommodations comply with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards. In addition, the ADA says that a business open to the public has a continuing obligation to remove architectural barriers to ensure that your business is accessible, even when your business is not otherwise contemplating construction. This includes existing barriers at doorways, aisles, bathrooms, and service counters that may have predated the ADA or the ownership of your business. Many provisions in the Connecticut General Statutes go further and make a violation of the Federal ADA a violation of Connecticut civil rights law.
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