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Religious freedom is no reason to deny people with disabilities the right to equality in the workplace

By Arlene S. Kanter

Religious freedom should never serve as a barrier against the rights of People with Disabilities in the workplace. As we mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it's crucial to reflect on the progress made and the problems that persist. Despite the ADA's pivotal role in advancing accessibility and inclusivity, recent Supreme Court rulings, like the Biel case, threaten to undermine its core principles. Arlene S. Kanter's incisive analysis sheds light on the urgent need for legislative intervention to uphold equality and justice for People with Disabilities.

The Biel case exemplifies the intersection of religious freedom and civil rights protections, spotlighting the precarious position of employees with disabilities in religious institutions. The court's expansion of the "ministerial exception" not only contravenes the spirit of the ADA but also perpetuates systemic discrimination against People with Disabilities. By amplifying the voices of those impacted, Kanter underscores the far-reaching implications of the Biel decision, which reverberate beyond the realm of Catholic schools to jeopardize the rights of all employees in religious organizations.

As the nation grapples with systemic inequities, the imperative for congressional action cannot be overstated. Kanter's call to rectify the court's misinterpretation underscores the urgency of safeguarding the rights of People with Disabilities. In honoring the ADA's legacy, it is incumbent upon lawmakers to remove barriers to equality and reaffirm the principles of inclusion and justice for People with Disabilities. Read Arlene S. Kanter's insightful article to grasp the magnitude of the problems facing People with Disabilities and the imperative for legislative action to ensure their full participation in the workforce.

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