Is there a simple accommodation that would allow a disabled employee to keep doing her job? Stubbornly refusing to budge on such a requested accommodation can cause an expensive and time-consuming lawsuit.
If you know an employee is disabled and if you have the ready means to provide an accommodation, refusing to do so may not be in your organization’s best interest, as this recent case illustrates.
Recent case: Alice worked at Prairie View A&M as an adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering and also performed work under a five-year NASA grant as a research assistant at the university’s Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration.
She has limited mobility because she has undergone two hip replacements and one shoulder replacement.
The university provided her with a handicapped parking decal and occasionally allowed her to use a university golf cart to get from building to building. However,...(register to read more)