Litigation filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 set a new record in 2016. Between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, a total of 9,373 new lawsuits were filed. This was an increase of 28% over the previous 12 months and more than double the number filed just five years ago, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

There could be many potential reasons for this uptick in legal action. However, ADAAA legislation often can be the result of employers not understanding their obligations — particularly the need to provide employees with reasonable accommodations.

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