OK to terminate disabled employee if effort to accommodate is unsuccessful

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Employers are supposed to reasonably accommodate an employee’s disability so he or she can perform the essential functions of the job. Some workers take that as a guarantee that—should they develop a disability—their employer must find a position the employee can do. That’s simply not the case.

Of course, employers do have an obligation to gather the relevant medical information, review job descriptions and determine whether reasonable changes would allow the employee to continue working.

If, however, the employer does all that and still concludes it can’t help, there’s no reason to keep the worker on the payroll. Just make sure you carefully document the entire process.

Recent case: Janet began working for Mercy Medical Center in 1979 as a registered nurse. She rose steadily through the ranks, moving from scrub nurse to head nurse in the operating room and into management. Through­out her career, she was viewed as a valued ...(register to read more)

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