According to a recent study, the occurrences of workplace discrimination against employees that have cancer have not been eliminated despite the changes made to the Americans with Disability Act in 2009. However, oncologists can provide valuable advice to workers and employers in California so that reasonable accommodations can be made.
The ADA law, which was established in 1990 and provided a legal remedy for individuals experiencing workplace discrimination due to their disabilities, could not be applied to employees whose cancer went into remission. As a result, workers who were discriminated against because of the long-term effects of their earlier cancers were unable to file ADA complaints. The law was modified in 2009 so that employees who had disabilities that were in remission or being managed well could file complaints under the ADA if their active impairments significantly limited a major life activity.