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Navigating disability accommodations in the workplace

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2023 | Employment Law

Dealing with a disability can be challenging, and it can be even more difficult when your employer does not make accommodations for you in the workplace. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

Understanding your rights and options can help you advocate for yourself and ensure a more inclusive work environment.

Know your rights under the ADA

The ADA protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace. Employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities unless doing so would cause undue hardship to the employer. Reasonable accommodations can include modifications to the work environment, adjustments to work schedules or the provision of specialized equipment.

If you believe your employer is not providing the necessary accommodations, it is crucial to understand your rights under the ADA and communicate your needs effectively.

Document your request and communication

Before taking further action, ensure that you have made a formal request for accommodations to your employer, preferably in writing. Documentation is crucial, as it serves as evidence of your efforts to resolve the issue with your employer. Keep records of any communication between you and your employer regarding your request for accommodations, including emails, letters and meeting notes.

Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

If your employer continues to deny your request for accommodations, consider filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC enforces the ADA and can investigate your claim to determine if your employer is violating the law. Filing a complaint with the EEOC can help hold your employer accountable and may lead to a resolution of the issue.

Taking these steps can help you advocate for your needs and work towards a more inclusive and accessible work environment.