The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

EEOC has success in litigation about employment discrimination against people with developmental disabilities

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans is pleased to present Laurie Vasichek, retired Senior Litigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discussing her work at the EEOC.

Ms. Vasichek’s last case was EEOC v Walmart. This court case was appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. One conclusion of this case is that a job coach is considered a reasonable accommodation.

What is EEOC?

Who was Judge Myron Bright and The Standard of Proof?

Barriers to Employment

Tennessee v. George Lane, et al.

EEOC v. Showbiz Pizza Time dba Chuck E. Cheese's

EEOC v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co.

What is GINA?

EEOC v. Walmart

EEOC v. Henry's Turkey Service

What can we do to improve the justice system?

How to Contact the EEOC and Other Resources

Advice to Law School Students

Additional Resources

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans Employment Resources Flyer
This is a printable pdf with employment resources for students transitioning to adulthood or adults.

Employees’ Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
This guide provides information on ADA basics, how to request accommodations, and negotiating accommodations in the workplace.
Source: Job Accommodation Network

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A website that can answer your questions about accommodations in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA)

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills:  Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
This is a curriculum developed by US Department of Labor focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to you, including you with disabilities.
Source:  US. Department of Labor

Starting with Me:  A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers
Work is an important part of life. People with disabilities benefit from working as much as or more than people without disabilities do. The benefits from work include financial independence and security; increased self-confidence; personal growth; skill development; and a better social life. Perhaps you would like to work but have not been encouraged to do so by your family, friends, or support people in your life. Maybe you are not certain if you can work or what kind of work might be right for you. This is a guide for you. This guide reviews a three-stage career development process. Career development is an approach to help you make satisfying job choices.

In person-centered career planning, your personal preferences, goals, and dreams are the focus. A person-centered approach does not mean you have to tackle job exploration all on your own. It does mean that anyone who helps you in your career search and the development of your career dreams respects your wishes and helps you to focus on your skills and abilities.

Career development is an ongoing process. Finding satisfying work doesn’t usually just happen by applying for a job in the newspaper. The process involves several phases– and it all begins with you.
Source:  Institute for Community Inclusion

Supported Employment Directory of Providers
The link will bring you to Louisiana Department of Health website where you can find a statewide list of supported employment providers.

Testing Accommodations for Jobs
This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes to provide testing accommodations, what types of accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.
Source:  U.S. Department of Justice, June 2016

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Employment of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
A fact sheet produced by The American Occupational Therapy Association on the Occupational Therapist role in facilitating work skills and supports in the workplace for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Source:  The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 2015

Your Ticket to Work    English      Spanish
If you receive disability benefits and want to work, learn how you can take advantage of the Ticket to Work program and still keep your benefits and Medicare coverage while you make the transition.
Source:  Social Security Administration

Updated 4/12/2023