Labor lawyers: Changes to Americans with Disabilities Act may lead to more workplace discrimination suits

Employers should expect to see more workplace lawsuits under the newly amended American with Disabilities Act, according to labor lawyers who advise restaurant operators.

Unhappy with strict interpretations the U.S. Supreme Court has made since the ADA statute was passed in 1990, Congress acted to expand the law and make it easier for individuals with mental or physical impairments to file discrimination lawsuits.

The bill, signed by President Bush last month, takes effect Jan.1.

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