The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) are U.S. federal laws that require employers to not discriminate against candidates and employees with disabilities and, when needed, to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates and employees who are qualified for a job, with or without reasonable accommodations, so that they may perform the essential job duties of the position. Winrock follows these laws globally, wherever we work.

Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Affirmative Action policy, Winrock complies with all U.S. federal and state laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities and acts in accordance with regulations and guidance issued by the EEOC. Winrock will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in all phases of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, employment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, reduction of workforce and termination, rates of pay or other forms of Winrock-sponsored employee activities.

Winrock will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability so that they can perform the essential functions of a job unless doing so causes a direct threat to these individuals or others in the workplace and the threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation; or if the accommodation creates an undue hardship to Winrock.

When a job candidate with a disability requests an accommodation and can be reasonably accommodated without creating an undue hardship or causing a direct threat to workplace safety, the individual will be given the same consideration for employment as any other candidate.

Key Definitions

Disability:  A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of the individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.

Major life activities:  Term includes caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.

Substantially limiting:  In accordance with the ADAAA regulations, the determination of whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity requires an individualized assessment, and an impairment that is episodic or in remission may also meet the definition of disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active.

Direct threat:  A significant risk to the health, safety or well-being of individuals with disabilities or others when this risk cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation.

Qualified individual:  An individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires.

Essential functions of the job:  Those job activities that are determined by the employer to be essential or core to performing the job; these functions cannot be modified.

Reasonable accommodation: Any changes to the work environment and may include: making existing facilities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, telecommuting, reassignment to a vacant position, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, appropriate adjustment or modifications of examinations, training materials or policies, the provision of qualified readers or interpreters, and other similar accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Undue hardship:  An action requiring significant difficulty or expense by the employer. In determining whether an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on a covered entity, factors to be considered include:

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