EEOC Releases Fact Sheet on Intellectual Disabled Employees

October 20, 2004 ( - In observance of National Employment Awareness Month and with the goal of informing employers about their duties regarding employees with intellectual disabilities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has release a fact sheet regarding the rights of people with such handicaps.

The fact sheet addresses such topics as:

  • When an intellectual disability is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • When an employer may inquire with an applicant about their intellectual disability.
  • What types of accommodations are required on the job for intellectually disable employees.
  • How to address safety concerns and conduct issues in the workplace.
  • How to prevent harassment of employees with intellectual disabilities.

The term ‘intellectually disabled’ refers to those once referred to as ‘mentally retarded’. Around 1% of Americans are intellectually disabled, but only 31% of these people have employment. The EEOC is in charge of enforcing parts of the ADA, as well as other acts regarding civil rights, disability and other forms of discrimination.

The fact sheet is available at .