Fast Facts From The EEOC In The Wake Of COVID-19

  • The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including:
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
    • The Rehabilitation Act,
    • The requirement for reasonable accommodation and rules about medical examinations and inquiries.
  • The ADA and Rehabilitation Act rules continue to apply during the pandemic
    • They do not interfere or prevent employers from following CDC guidelines and suggestions about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19.
  • The EEOC has provided guidance, consistent with these workplace protections and rules, that can aid employers with strategies to navigate the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • The EEOC guidance identifies relevant established ADA and Rehabilitation Act principles and answers questions frequently asked about the workplace during a global pandemic or similar events.
    • Some of the questions answered:
      • How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce during a Coronavirus-like event?
      • When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a Coronavirus-like event?
      • Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the Coronavirus?
      • When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty?

For Business and Employer Guidance from the CDC, visit:

For EEOC Pandemic Preparedness Guidance, visit: 

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