I recently posted a warning about fake “Department of Justice(DOJ)” cards that appeared to exempt people from having to wear masks. These bogus cards also claimed that their holders were exempt from wearing masks as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
As I and others have written, this is a misrepresentation of the DOJ, the ADA and the concept of reasonable accommodation. However, it should not drown out the fact that there are some disabilities where wearing a mask would, in fact, be unsafe. In those limited circumstances, both emp
loyers and businesses should strive to make an exception to their “no masks” policies, if this can be done without an undue hardship.
The following article by Disability RIghts Oregon explains this in more detail.
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So it’s not enough to create these fake certified service animal cards or to concoct false disabled parking placards? Now there are fake Department of Justice cards that declare that the bearer does not have to wear masks because he/she has a disability.
With all the stigmas that people with disabilities have to bear, it is particularly disheartening to see scams like this, that further exploit our situation. While there may be some situations where a person’s disability may legitimately excuse them from wearing a mask, it would not be manifested in a card like this.
So for the record, let me say definitively that THESE CARDS ARE FAKE AND BEAR NO RELATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OR TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.
See the article below for more information: