How can you request reasonable accommodations at work?

| Oct 1, 2018 | Uncategorized |

Numerous individuals in Los Angeles have disabilities that they contend with in their daily lives. Some of these people may have been born with their conditions, and others may have developed them later in life due to illness or injury. You may fall into either category, but despite your disability, you still strive to hold your desired job and pursue a fulfilling career.

Depending on the type of job you have, your disability may make it slightly more difficult to complete tasks in the manner that other able-bodied workers do. However, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you have the right to request accommodations from your employer to help you complete your tasks more smoothly.

Requesting accommodations

While the protections offered by the ADA are federal law, no specific procedure exists for requesting your desired accommodations. The main stipulation relates to the fact that the accommodation must be reasonable and that it will not unduly hinder business operations to provide the modification for you.

When you want to request a change from your employer, you do not have to use specific phrases like “reasonable accommodation” or even mention the ADA. You may simply use the manner of communication of your choosing to provide your request. You may do so in person, in writing, through email or other method to get your request across. To ensure that you have a record of your request, however, putting it in writing may work in your best interests.

Reasonable accommodations

As mentioned, the request for assistance or alteration in how you work must be reasonable and relate to your disability. For instance, you could request a later starting time for work if medical treatments make it impossible for you to start at your currently scheduled time, or you may ask for a different desk if your wheelchair cannot fit under your current one. However, you cannot ask for and expect an accommodation that appears as if it is for purely superficial reasons.

In order for the request to be considered one associated with your disability, you need to provide a connection between your condition and the need for accommodation.

Rejected request

While your employer has the obligation to look into your request, you may not always receive the accommodation you desire. However, if your employer rejects your request when you have a clear and present need for an accommodation that will not disrupt business operations, you may have reason to pursue legal action.

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