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Reasonable accommodations under the ADA in the 7th Circuit

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The ADA requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability, unless doing so would cause an undue hardship.

A recent 7th Circuit case sheds light on the extent of an employer’s obligation to accommodate an employee’s accommodation request. In Gratzl v. Office of the Chief Judges of the 12th, 18th, 19th and 22nd Judicial Circuits (601 F.3d 674, 7th Cir. 2010), the court held that an employer’s offer of accommodation may be reasonable even if it is not the accommodation that the employee requests.

Job changed, condition didn’t

Jeanne Gratzl suffered from incontinence due to pregnancy complications. Gratzl worked as a court reporter exclusively in the court’s “control room,” which did not require in-court reporting. The job in the control room was ideal, as no one at work even knew of Gratzl’s medical condition.

In 2006, Gratzl’s position was eliminated and she, along with all the...(register to read more)

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