The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations in the workplace for employees with disabilities. An employee's commute to and from work is outside the workplace, so the duty to accommodate doesn't apply. However, a scheduling change that accommodates an employee's ability to get to work might not be out of the question.
Night Shift Issues
A part-time drugstore clerk, who generally worked either the 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. shift or the 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. shift, lost the vision in her left eye and could no longer safely drive at night due to depth perception problems. As there was no public transportation in the area, she had no reliable way to get to and from work at night, so she requested to be assigned to the day shift only. Her supervisor refused, saying it wouldn't be fair to the other employees. The employee filed suit under the ADA.
The employer argued that it h...(register to read more)