Friday, March 30, 2012

What actually is “Reasonable Accommodation”

Employment discrimination has been continuously occurring in spite of the implementation of different employment laws that cater to the interest and protection of employees. Taking into account reasonable accommodation, it is defined as allowing an employee with disability to perform specific function in the same manner as employees with disability.

Meanwhile, an employer carries the responsibility of making reasonable accommodations for the employee’s disability. In other words, an employer is the one who must make adjustments in order to fit the interest of the disabled employee.

Reasonable accommodations often include:

·   Restructuring the job or duties to allow the disabled employee to do the job
·   Permitting the disabled employee to have vacation for medical reasons
·   Providing the disabled employee with a qualified reader or interpreter
·   Changing the work schedule to suit the comfort of the disabled employee
·   Putting in special equipment to help the employee do his or her duties, such as wheelchairs and ramps
·   Allowing the disabled employee to take additional unpaid leave for medical purposes
·   Moving the disabled employee to a vacant position or to a temporary light-duty position

Employment discrimination on the basis of disability is a clear violation of the law, especially the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Hence, employers must render enough consideration to those who are incapacitated but are willing to learn and contribute to the company, provided that they are duly qualified.

In case you experienced such type of discrimination in your workplace, quickly contact an employment attorney and ask about your legal rights and learn how you can protect them.

Choose a law firm that offers legal help the same with what you need. Make sure that the firm has good reputation and employs only the best litigators with proven track record on winning court cases such as yours.

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