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Caltrans liable for not addressing accommodation requests

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by Nisha Verma, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, Orange County

The California Court of Appeal has upheld a jury’s verdict finding the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) liable for failure to provide a reasonable accommodation and failure to engage in the interactive process.

The case is Kamali v. California Department of Transportation (No. B247756, Court of Appeal of California, 2015).

Multiple transfer requests

Khosrow Kamali worked for several years as a civil engineer in Caltrans’ Office of Traffic Investigation. Beginning in 2007, he made several requests to be transferred to another Caltrans department as a result of work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

All his requests were denied.

Kamali claimed his supervisor caused much of his stress. In early 2007, after a shouting match between the two, Kamali contacted his boss’s supervisor and requested a transfer to another Caltrans office. After several meeting...(register to read more)

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