Attention Illinois Employees – New & Free Disability Rights Hotline Available
Equip for Equality recently launched an exciting initiative called the Employment Rights Helpline. The Helpline is a new, free, statewide service to provide people with disabilities with legal rights information and advice, as well as self-advocacy assistance to help them navigate employment issues that arise.
The concept of the Employment Rights Helpline was an outgrowth of ADA 25 Chicago, a year-long initiative launched by The Chicago Community Trust that inspired hundreds of partner organizations to leverage the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by expanding inclusion in the Chicago region. The Trust is also the primary funder of the Employment Rights Helpline.
Historically, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities has been significantly higher than that for the general population making the need for an Employment Rights Helpline especially critical.
To access the Helpline, people with disabilities can call toll-free: 1-844-RIGHTS-9 (or 1-844-744-7489) and a trained attorney will respond to the call. People with disabilities can also email the Helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Helpline staff can:
- Discuss legal rights under the ADA
- Answer employment rights questions
- Assist with reasonable accommodation requests
- Help understand options
- Share fact sheets, sample letters and forms
Information about the Helpline can be found on-line at: www.equipforequality.org/employment