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Disabilities (ADA): Hawaii

Disabilities (ADA) requirements for other states

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

Authors: Michelle Barrett Falconer and Maria R. Harrington, Littler


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Hawaii employers must comply with the state antidiscrimination law, the Fair Employment Practices Act. See Disability Discrimination in Hawaii.
  • In Hawaii, the Fair Employment Practices Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the basis of his or her disability. See Hawaii Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • In Hawaii, pregnancy falls under the protected classification of sex. A pregnant employee cannot be excluded from work because of her pregnancy. In addition, employers must consider disability due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions as justification for a leave, with or without pay, for a reasonable period of time. See Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • Hawaii employers cannot discriminate on the basis of an individual's genetic information is unlawful. See Genetic Testing.