2 examples of reasonable accommodations 

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Disability Discrimination |

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a host of legal rights and protections for employees. One example of these protections is an employee’s right to request reasonable accommodations in the workplace. 

In a nutshell, a reasonable accommodation is an adjustment that makes it easier for a disabled employee to do their job. An employee can request reasonable accommodations without facing retaliation, and an employer can only refuse to implement a reasonable accommodation if it causes undue hardship to the business. 

What are some of the more common examples of reasonable accommodations

1. Types of communication 

It’s important that all employees can communicate with higher-ups and vice versa. Some individuals prefer verbal forms of communication, while others prefer to communicate in a written format. Requesting that training information, feedback on job performance and other work-related matters are handed out in the preferred format would be an example of reasonable accommodation. 

2. Accessibility 

Businesses should provide opportunities to individuals based on their qualifications, work ethic and experience. Disabled individuals mustn’t be excluded from this process. One way that employers can ensure that disabled individuals have equal access to opportunities is by making the workplace accessible. This may include providing disabled parking spots, installing entrance ramps, elevators and making other adjustments to the building. Any request that does not amount to undue financial hardship for the company would be considered a reasonable accommodation. 

Flexible shift patterns, suitable job responsibilities and assignments may also count as reasonable accommodations. If you feel that you have been treated negatively due to a disability, this could be discrimination. It may be time to seek legal guidance to find out more about your rights as an employee in Kentucky.    

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