Employees with disabilities may wonder what accommodations employers need to make for them. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple.
Under federal law, an employer’s duty of reasonable accommodation is satisfied when the employer does what is necessary to enable the disabled worker to do the essential functions of his job with reasonable comfort. If there are two or more ways to accommodate an employee, the employer may choose among them. The employee must show an accommodation is reasonable in the sense that it is effective and proportional to costs. The employer must show the costs are excessive in relation to the benefits or employer’s own financial health to defeat the plaintiff’s claim.
If you feel your employer terminated you because of your heart problems or other serious medical condition that required a reasonable accommodation, you should contact an experienced employment attorney and discuss your claims.
Matt Miller-Novak, Esq.