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There is no let-up in sight for workplace disability discrimination claims. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that during 2010, it received the greatest number of discrimination charges under the Americans with Disabilities Act in 14 years, and many observers believe the trend has continued, if not accelerated, during 2011. More than 25 percent of all charges filed with the commission last year alleged physical or mental disability discrimination. In 2011 the long-awaited EEOC final regulations regarding the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) heightened awareness of available protections under not only federal law but the New York State and City Human Rights Laws. In celebration of National Employee Disability Awareness Month (October), the EEOC proudly noted on its website that it has filed nearly 60 lawsuits under the ADAAA, underscoring its commitment to vigorous enforcement of the law.

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