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Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which bars discrimination against the disabled in both the public and private sector. The ADA prohibits discrimination against the disabled in the areas of employment, public services (including transportation), public accommodations and service operated by private entities, and telecommunications.

The nondiscrimination provisions of the ADA extend to virtually all employment-related decisions: recruitment, application procedures, hiring, promotions, compensation, job assignment, leaves of absence, fringe benefits, training opportunities, employer-sponsored social and recreational programs, layoffs, and termination.

The ADA requires that employment decisions must be based on individualized determinations and not on "generalizations, misperceptions, or irrational fears."

The term "disability" includes:

  • A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities
  • A record of such impairment
  • Being regarded as having an impairment

NOTE: The term disability includes drug addiction and alcoholism, but the Act specifies that an employee or applicant who is a current drug abuser is not protected by the law.

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Among the requirements of the ADA:

  • Employers cannot limit, segregate or classify applicants or employees in such a way that adversely impacts the opportunities or status of the applicant or employee because of disability.
  • Employers must make decisions based on the abilities of individual applicants or employees, and not on the basis of presumptions or generalizations about what a class of individuals can or cannot do.
  • Employers are required to make "reasonable accommodations" to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified individual who is an applicant or employee, unless the covered entity can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business.
  • Employers cannot use standards, criteria or other methods of administration that have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability.

Contact the Benefits Office at 918-357-6194 for additional information.

District Announcements

United Way Campaign

Once again, September will be a “Month of Giving” at Union Public Schools. We appreciate the generosity of Union students, families, teachers and staff as we raise funds for the 59 partner agencies of the Tulsa Area United Way. Thank you for joining in the fun as we support the United Way’s mission of uniting people and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community.

September is School Attendance Awareness Month

School spirit is a commitment. It requires that you be here, body and soul. Without a strong base, the pyramid falls apart. It’s the same in life. Going to class every day is important. Ten unexcused absences cancel your performance. Absence is the spirit-killer. A crowd-pleasing routine is more than just showing up . . . but it’s a great place to start. #UBeThere #ReptheU

School Attendance

New website

Union Public Schools has a new website! We are pleased to work with our new provider Gabbart Communications. While it is a brand-new website, we have purposely designed it to be familiar. So most items will be found in the places in which you are accustomed to finding them. We are continuing to refine the site and more features, such as video, are coming. If you have a comment, please email us.

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: 918-357-4321

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