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Tips for Requesting Reasonable Accommodation at Work

  • Published: October 10, 2022

When you have a disability or chronic condition, it might be difficult to perform certain job tasks. To perform optimally and remain safe at work, you may need to request accommodations from your employer. In particular, accommodations are important if you have a disability or chronic illness that can make it difficult for you to complete common tasks as part of your job. The right accommodations can help you stay productive and happy while continuing to advance in your career.

These accommodations are called reasonable accommodations. They’re adjustments made to your work environment or other aspects of your job that allow people with disabilities or chronic illnesses to do better on the job without posing a risk to company safety or performance standards. KCNS Law Group can help you figure out how reasonable accommodations work, along with holding your employer accountable if they don’t give them to you.  

What Are Reasonable Accommodations?

A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to participate equally in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of a job, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without disabilities.

Examples of Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making existing facilities readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities
  • Restructuring jobs
  • Changing work schedules
  • Providing reserved parking 
  • Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices
  • Adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies as needed
  • Providing qualified readers or interpreters

However, there are other types of reasonable accommodations possible based on your specific needs.

When Should I Request a Reasonable Accommodation?

You should request reasonable accommodations when your job is impacting your health or well-being at work due to your disability. An accommodation is something that helps you do your job, and a reasonable accommodation is one that does not cause undue hardship for your employer. Employers are legally required to help provide these reasonable accommodations in order to keep all of their employees happy and healthy. 

How Do I Know If I Qualify For Accommodations?

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, you may be wondering how to know if you qualify. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This can include their performance at work, along with other activities.

If your disability meets these criteria and you want to seek accommodations, you will need to provide documentation of your disability to your boss or human resources representative. This documentation should come from a qualified professional and include information about your diagnosis, functional limitations, and expected progression of your condition. Once you have provided this documentation, your job can then determine if accommodations are necessary and appropriate.

Make Sure Your Requests Are Heard at KCNS Law Group

In the U.S., people with disabilities are legally protected from discrimination based on their abilities and limitations. In most cases, that means employers cannot refuse to hire someone who has a disability, refuse to accommodate the employee if they have a disability, or fire an employee because of their disability.

In some cases, you may need help making sure that you are heard by the right people and that your rights are protected, and KCNS Law Group can help. Get the legal support that you need by contacting us online or by calling us at (818) 937-9255 to discuss your needs with our legal team.

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