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From the courtroom: ADA accommodation do’s and don’ts

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John Wilcox

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ADA accommodation, or lack thereof, is often a reason why employer's end up in the courtroom. Take these recent lessons from the courtroom into consideration when you are handling an ADA accommodation request at your workplace.

DO Take all ADA accommodation requests seriously

When an employee asks for an ADA reasonable accommodation, take that request seriously even if you don’t think it’s valid. Start the interactive process and see where it goes.

Recent case: Kecia was placed on medical leave after a series of workplace conflicts led to a psychiatric evaluation, which concluded she could not work at that time. She was out for a year.

Her employer told Kecia she would be terminated unless it received medical evidence of her recovery. She was advised that she might have accommodation rights under the ADA. She sent a short doctor’s note describing her condition. The employer decided it was inadequate and fired her...(register to read more)

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