Experiencing a new injury or medical condition may cause you to be concerned about how it will affect your ability to work. If you have developed a disability, you should not be afraid to ask your employer for help. Making a request for a reasonable accommodation in the workplace may enable you to remain in your job role and get through your workday without the pain and anxiety that you would feel if you simply tried to tough it out.
What is a request for reasonable accommodation?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers cannot discriminate against an individual because of a disability. Employers must be willing to make reasonable accommodations that enable disabled individuals to work. Individuals may submit a written request for a reasonable accommodation to their employers.
What should a request for reasonable accommodation include?
A reasonable accommodation request should make a specific request about what you would like your employer to do or allow you to do. You should accompany with a note from a physician stating that you have a disability and that a specific accommodation would medically benefit you.
What are examples of reasonable accommodations?
In general, reasonable accommodations are intended to make your disability easier to cope with while you are at work. There are several different types of possible accommodations for a disability:
- A modified workstation
- Physical modifications to make your workplace handicapped accessible
- Ergonomic office equipment
- Reassignment or restructuring of job duties
- Permission to change your schedule
- Permission to work remotely