The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, and/or disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. MNPS does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public. ADA has five different titles. The two that apply to schools primarily are ADA, Title I (Employees), and ADA, Title II (facilities, equipment, parent(s) with disabilities, visitors, and volunteers). The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Published on ADA National Network (http://adata.org) or https://adata.org/factsheet/ADA-overview
MNPS embraces every child and is committed to taking immediate action to eliminate any harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. If a student believes he or she has been subjected to harassment on the basis of disability, the student is encouraged to report the harassment to MNPS 504 Coordinator in accordance with the Section 504 Grievance Policy and Procedure, SBO 1.111.
Individuals who engage in harassment on the basis of disability will be disciplined appropriately, up to and including a suspension and expulsion for students and suspension and dismissal for teachers. The district encourages students and parents to work with MNPS staff to prevent harassment on the basis of disability.
Questions, concerns, complaints, requests for accommodations, or requests for additional information please click the appropriate links MNPS ADA Public Notice ADA, Title I, ADA, Title II, or Section 504.
Title I of ADA
Employees that have physical or mental impairments that substantially limit daily activities are protected under the ADA. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered. However, these activities include working, walking, talking, seeing, hearing or caring for oneself.
Title I of ADA requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges. It also restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant’s disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship.
Employees who are out of work due to personal medical issue will be given consideration for an accommodation under Title I of ADA. It is the responsibility of the employee to make known and submit an ADA Request for Reasonable Accommodations. Immediate supervisors will, whenever possible, provide light duty opportunities to the employee so they may continue to work productively. Please be advised MNPS shall not be required to create additional positions in order to facilitate light duty assignments.
Title I of ADA requires that employees must be able to perform the essential duties of their job. Additionally, the ADA states that accommodations must be reasonable and doable in nature, unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer. Reasonable accommodations include such actions as making worksites accessible, modifying, existing equipment, providing new devices, modifying work schedules, restructuring jobs, and providing readers or interpreters.
Prohibited Personnel practices:
Title I prohibits the use of employment tests and other selection criteria that screen out, or tend to screen out, individuals with disabilities, unless such tests or criteria are shown to be job-related and consistent with business necessity. It also bans the use of pre-employment medical examinations or inquiries to determine if an applicant has a disability. It does, however, permit the use of a medical examination after a job offer has been made if the results are kept confidential; all persons offered employment in the same job category are required to take them; and the results are not used to discriminate.
MNPS is permitted, at any time, to inquire about the ability of a job applicant or employee to perform job-related functions.
Employees who believe they have been discriminated against in employment on the basis of disability should promptly contact the Workplace Safety Office to officially file a complaint. Employees do have the right to contact the enforcement agency, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), to resolve Title I concerns. Contact information for both offices has been provided below:
Workplace Safety Office
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
2601 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 687-4022
Fax #: (615) 214-8851