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Disabilities (ADA): Alaska

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michelle Barrett Falconer, Littler


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Alaska employers must comply with state and local law.See Disability Discrimination in Alaska.
  • Alaska law makes it illegal for an employer, among others things, to refuse to hire a person or discriminate against a person in the terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of the person's physical or mental disability, when the reasonable demands of the position do not require distinction on the basis of physical or mental disability addition to the federal equal opportunity laws.See Alaska Statute 18.80.
  • Alaska permits the medical use of marijuana by registered patients with a debilitating medical condition. See Medical Use of Marijuana.
  • For public accommodation purposes, Alaska protects the rights of physically or mentally challenged individuals to be accompanied by a certified service animal. See Service Animals.
  • Anchorage has requirements pertaining to disability discrimination. See Local Requirements.