On May 1, 2017, Equip for Equality launched the NEW initiative called the Employment Rights Helpline. The following was part of the news release:
The Helpline is a new, free, statewide service to provide people with disabilities with legal rights information and advice, as well as self-advocacy assistance to help them navigate employment issues that arise. Equip for Equality is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System that safeguards the rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.
To access the Helpline, people with disabilities can call toll-free: 1-844-RIGHTS-9 (or 1-844-744-7489) and a trained attorney will respond to the call. People with disabilities can also email the Helpline at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpline staff can:
- Discuss legal rights under the ADA
- Answer employment rights questions
- Assist with reasonable accommodation requests
- Help understand options
- Share fact sheets, sample letters and forms
You can read the entire news release on the Equip for Equality website.