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EEOC has new rules on how to accommodate hearing disability

The EEOC has issued new technical assistance for employers on accommodating applicants and employees with hearing disabilities. It's timely guidance; the EEOC has filed or settled several cases involving deafness in the past year alone. The technical assistance addresses two anti-discrimination laws: the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. It explains:

* When an employer can ask about a hearing condition

* What accommodations persons with hearing disabilities may need

* How to handle safety concerns

* How to prevent harassment of employees with hearing disabilities.

The ADA lists hearing as a major life activity, and any hearing condition that makes hearing difficult generally qualifies as an ADA...

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