People in Florida that once had cancer might still face some workplace discrimination despite the 2009 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act that are intended to protect them. The Journal of Oncology Practice published a study that found that since those amendments were enacted, employees were more likely to file claims dealing with workplace relations and employment terms. The number of claims concerning termination, hiring and reasonable accommodation was relatively unchanged. After the amendments passed, courts were more likely to conclude that claims pertaining to employment terms had merit and roughly equally inclined to find that claims in the other categories had credence.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, it applied to people who faced discrimination in the workplace based on their disabilities. However, it still did not protect those individuals whose cancer was in remission but continued to face discrimination based on long-term effects of the disease. In 2009, amendments were passed to the ADA to protect people who had disabilities that were either well-managed or in remission but nonetheless interfered with at least one major life activity.