Under some limited circumstances, employers may be obligated to suggest reasonable accommodations for struggling workers who have obvious disabilities that appear to interfere with their ability to perform essential job functions.
But that’s really only true for employees whose disabilities are obvious and limit the employee’s ability to speak up for himself. The rule doesn’t apply to disabled workers who could ask for help but for some reason do not.
Recent case: Before Sanderson Farms hired Kendall as a utility hand, he took his mother to the job interview to help him answer questions. During the interview, Kendall and his mom explained that he had attended special education classes. Sanderson Farms provided orientation that included a thorough description of the job and detailed instructions about contacting HR with any problems.
After being hired, Kendall was twice written up for failing to log in his equipment. The fi...(register to read more)