How are ERISA and ADA related?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | ERISA Disability Benefits

ERISA and ADA are two of the most important pieces of legislation affecting employees in the United States. ERISA protects employees’ rights to benefits, while ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against people with disabilities. However, many people don’t know how these two laws intersect. 

This blog post will explore the relationship between ERISA and ADA and explain how they work together to protect employees’ rights.

Similarities and differences

Although they may seem quite different at first glance, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are closely related. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) administers ERISA and ADA. The intent of both laws is to protect employees, and violations of either one can lead to costly lawsuits. 

However, there are some key differences between the two laws. ERISA is a federal law that governs employer-sponsored retirement and disability plans, while the ADA prohibits discrimination against employees with disabilities. The ADA also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. 

In short, the ERISA and ADA are both crucial laws that help to protect employees’ rights. However, it’s important to realize that the ADA and your ERISA plan may have different definitions of what it means to be “disabled” or to have a disability.

The law can be complex, and there are many protections for a person with a disability. If you believe your employer has violated your rights under either ERISA or the ADA (or both), it is essential to find someone who can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.