May 01, 2015

Internet Addiction, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Employment

William D. Goren

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) grants employment protection for qualified individuals with a disability. But how do addictions relate to the ADA? Particularly, do forms of compulsivity, such as addiction to the Internet or online gaming, qualify a person for ADA protection, and will the statute treat such compulsivity the same way it treats drug or alcohol addiction? This article will address these matters, as well as the limitations placed on employers by the ADA when dealing with an employee who may be engaged in any form of addictive behavior.

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