You can ban outsiders from ADA accommodation talks

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When you're trying to work out job accommodations with disabled employees, they may ask to bring others into the discussion. Must you allow this? No, according to a recent court ruling. The case: An employee asked that his attorney and vocational counselor sit in on the meeting. The company refused, and the court backed it up, saying a company's responsibility to engage in an "interactive process" about the accommodation doesn't mean it has to allow outsiders. (Ammons v. Aramark, No., 03-1036, 7th Cir., 2004)

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