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When discussing ADA accommodations, track every offer and counter-offer

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The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities if a worker requests one. The process is supposed to be an interactive one, in which the employer and the worker discuss the disability, the essential functions the worker needs to perform and what accommodations may fit the definition of reasonable.

The goal is to reach a consensus on an accommodation that will work.

That isn’t always possible. And if the worker refuses to accept an offered accommodation, the employer is free to end the accommodations process—which may even mean the employee loses her job.

Recent case: Andrea worked as an HR information systems coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania. Her supervisor rated her work as satisfactory in her first annual review.

Then Andrea’s mother became ill and eventually died. Andrea took bereavement leave and returned to work. She claimed her supervisor then began a campaign ...(register to read more)

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