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What Are Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Employment Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is an employment law that defines reasonable accommodations as modifications to workplace policies, practices, and procedures that enable employees with disabilities in Idaho, or anywhere else in the country, to perform their jobs or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment equal to that of their non-disabled peers.

If you are looking for more information about reasonable accommodations under the ADA, check out the following information.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The employment section of the ADA protects qualified individuals with disabilities from job discrimination. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations, or adjustments or modifications, to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of their job unless this would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

What are some examples of reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities?

Following is an example of reasonable accommodations that an employer could provide under ADA employment law.

1. An employee with a disability requests a modified work schedule so that they can attend doctor’s appointments or physical therapy sessions.

2. An employee who is blind requests a reader for meetings and other written materials.

3. An employee who has difficulty walking requests a parking space closer to the entrance of the building.

4. An employee with cancer requests to work from home on days when they are feeling particularly fatigued from their treatment.

What is Undue Hardship?

An accommodation is considered to be an undue hardship if it requires significant difficulty or expense when compared to other accommodations that could be provided. When considering whether an accommodation would pose an undue hardship, courts will look at factors such as the nature and cost of the accommodation, the financial resources of the employer, and the impact of the accommodation on the business’s ability to function.

As an employee, you have the right to expect that reasonable accommodations are made to help you manage your disability as you work. Make sure that your company complies with the law so that you can continue to enjoy your workspace.