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Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities

Disabled employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations in their workplace in accordance with state and federal mandates. This is in line with California law and the requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). 

If your employer refuses to provide any reasonable accommodation that may assist with your tasks and performance, there may be a violation of one or more applicable laws.

What is Reasonable Disability Accommodation?

Under federal and state laws, including the ADA and FEHA, employers may be required to provide reasonable accommodation for employees and people with physical or mental disabilities, enabling them to apply for jobs and fulfill their responsibilities. Some of these accommodations may include:

  • Flexibility with their work schedules
  • Flexibility with their leave periods
  • Proving mechanical and electrical aids
  • Enabling facilities to be easily accessible to disabled individuals (accessible restrooms, reserved parking spaces, and training rooms)
  • Allowing assistance such as sign language interpreters, readers, and drivers
  • Permitting service animals in the workplace
  • Restructuring your job and responsibilities
  • Adjusting or modifying training materials, policies, and examinations

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It’s a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against disabled individuals.

Under this law, it is illegal for employers, state and local governments, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunication agencies to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Discrimination means you or an employee are treated unfairly or unequally because of a mental or physical disability.

The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in all employment practices such as:

  • Recruitment
  • Firing
  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Pay
  • Benefits
  • Lay off
  • Leave

It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for asserting your rights under the ADA. The Act also protects you if you are a victim of discrimination because of your family, business, social or other relationship or association with an individual with a disability.

Retain a California Disability Law Attorney to Protect Your Rights

Life can be difficult enough without enduring the hardships caused by an employer failing to provide reasonable accommodation.

If you believe you or an employee has been discriminated against based on a disability, contact an employment attorney at Kohanchi Law and Schedule a Free Consultation.

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