For many years in our country, people with disabilities have struggled in the workplace. If you had a physical, mental or psychological problem that prevented you from doing your job, you could be fired and would need to find a different job, if you could.
But times have changed. There is an expectation in our country now that employers provide their workers with reasonable accommodations if they have disabilities. If you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your disability, you need to know your rights and understand how the law protects your right to work.
One of the most important things to understand is the notion of “reasonable accommodations” and how it plays out in the workplace.
The problem is that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which brings out the “reasonable accommodations” standard, does not make it clear exactly what reasonable accommodations are. On the surface level, employers need to make efforts to accommodate their employees with disabilities, but it is not clear to what degree employers need to make these efforts.
In most disability discrimination claims, the primary argument revolves around what level of accommodation can a specific employer be expected to make. Employers are generally good, and experienced, at showing that particular accommodations would be an unreasonable hardship. Winning these cases for employees requires significant experience and skill of an attorney.
When your career and your rights are at stake, make sure you get the help you need to win your case.