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Is air conditioning a required ADA accommodation?

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Do some of your employees work in hot conditions? If those workers have heart conditions, they may be entitled to air conditioning as a “reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) …

Case In Point: Charles Gribben worked as a UPS driver in Phoenix where he transferred trucks to various locations. He had a heart condition and his cardiologist requested that he only drive in trucks with air conditioning because of the local heat and his medical condition.

Most of the trucks he worked in were air conditioned, but UPS couldn’t guarantee him that accommodation. So it terminated Gribben.

Gribben sued UPS under the ADA for disability discrimination and retaliation. The ADA requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees. An employee meets that test if he or she is “substantially limited in a major life activity” but can still do the ess...(register to read more)

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Yolanda Pitts January 5, 2018 at 10:37 am

I am working in an office full of col nature Koreans an four Caucasian Americans. It is 20 degrees outside and my co-worker insists that she is hot and needs the air condition on. Our HR Manager said she has an ADA issue and that we will set the air conditioner on 73. She complains that she is sweating and will break out in hives. Long story short…after sitting in the air conditioned office for three days while it is freezing cold outside, I now have walking pneumonia. Is this reasonable that myself and all of my co-workers have to suffer through the winter? She offered to change my cubicle so that I am not sitting directly underneath the vent. They moved me to the cubicle close to the door, its even colder there. Please advise.


Hot in Here April 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Are there any laws pertaining to having air conditioning in an office? It is April and we have already seen temperatures outside of around 95. Our building air conditioning does not work and they have no plans on fixing it. I work for a private company that has a DOL contract.


Kelly January 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

I think in many instances it would be entirely necessary to keep workers from discomfort. Such as with joint problems or this heart example.


Hello April 18, 2009 at 2:03 am

just wondering what happened in this jury trail?


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