Some disabled employees go to great lengths to hide their conditions—perhaps out of pride or fear that they’ll be discriminated against. They may look long and hard for a perfect job that allows them to work without any sort of accommodation.
But what happens if the disabled employee who has, in effect, managed to secretly “self-accommodate” is moved to another position? Can she request that she move back to her old, perfect position?
Recent case: Jeanne Gratzel worked as a court reporter specialist for the state court system in DuPage County. The job, which required no actual courtroom reporting, was ideal for her because she suffered from urinary incontinence as the result of a difficult pregnancy. Her condition made it imperative that she get to a restroom within five minutes of feeling the urge to urinate.
Gratzel never told her supervisors that she was incontinent because she was able to manage her condition as long as ...(register to read more)