Americans with Disabilities Act

NPR's Legal Affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on yesterday's Supreme Court ruling affecting the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court ruled that people who can correct or compensate for their disabilities are not protected from discrimination under the Act. Proponents of the ruling say businesses are now protected from frivolous lawsuits, and can make hiring decisions without fear of being sued. Opponents say the decision guts the intent of the ADA. The Supreme Court also decided that mentally disabled people should be placed in homelike situations—and not institutions—whenever appropriate.

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