If you work in California and your employer knows that you have a disability, they have a duty to provide you with reasonable accommodations unless taking this action would cause them undue hardship. Understanding your rights is essential if you’re in this position as an employee who wants to be treated fairly.
The employer’s duty to provide reasonable accommodations
If an employer is aware of your disability, they must provide you with reasonable accommodations. In other words, they must make a reasonable effort to accommodate you by modifying your job or the work environment. Doing so enables you, as a qualified employee with a disability, to perform essential job functions.
Examples of reasonable accommodations
A prime example of reasonable accommodation is making an existing facility currently used by non-disabled employees accessible to you as a disabled individual. Other examples of reasonable accommodation can include the following:
– Modifying a work schedule
– Restructuring a job
– Modifying or acquiring equipment
– Providing a qualified interpreter or reader
– Modifying a program, training, or exam
An employer can also reassign you to a vacant position if you’re qualified and unable to perform the tasks required for the original job. This is one way to provide reasonable accommodation.
Making a reasonable disability accommodation for you does have some limitations. If the business’s operations would be imposed by an “undue hardship,” requiring significant expense or difficulty, an employer is not required to take action.
Having a disability doesn’t automatically disqualify you from working. Understanding more about your rights in the workplace can be highly beneficial in helping you perform your tasks as efficiently as non-disabled employees.