CJ511: Employment and Policy Law
1. Explain how job design in criminal justice agencies needs to take into account the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for its disabled employees.
Criminal justice agencies have to take into consideration the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the several amendments that have been added to the original act. The Americans with disabilities act, provides law which requires fair and accessible work places for disabled persons. These allocation require both private and public agencies to follow the mandates set forth by the act, and provides legal support for those persons who have been, or will be discriminated against based on a disability. The disability act provides guidelines for employers to follow, and sets up mandates which must be followed in order to provide reasonable accommodations for a disabled person. Some of these accommodations must include availability to handicap access points to buildings, and accommodations within a building for a disabled person to be able to be mobile within the organizations structures. There may be several different areas in which this would effect a criminal justice organization. Many positions within criminal justice may be easily filled by disabled persons. These positions may include dispatch, records, finance and legal division. Many of these types of administrative positions could be sought by disabled persons. Therefore, a department must take into consideration the accommodations for their facilities that house these divisions. According to the ADA guidelines, a building does not have to be built with the correct accommodations in place; however; the accommodations and adjustments must be available to be made if necessary. (www.ada.gov) These adjustments must be made if an applicant is coming in to test for a job, or if a person holds a job within the organization and requires...
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