Requirements for reasonable accommodations for disabilities

| Nov 10, 2020 | Workplace Discrimination |

There are many different types of jobs in Michigan. These jobs require varying levels of expertise or experience and other requirements. There are also different types of physical requirements depending on the type of job. Some people may have different disabilities that prevent them from being able to complete all the physical requirements, but are otherwise well qualified for a particular job.

There have been a number of advancements and inventions over time that allow people with disabilities to perform the same tasks as those without disabilities though. Also, employers are prohibited from discriminating against people with disabilities. This means that employers must provide people with disabilities reasonable accommodations so they can perform the job tasks. If they do not provide reasonable accommodations, preventing the person from working, the employer may be required to compensate the employee.

Examples of reasonable accommodations

The type of accommodation depends on the disability, but the accommodations can include physical changes, technological changes, communication changes and changes in the policy.

Physical accommodations can include installing a ramp or modifying the physical layout of a work station. Technological accommodations include screen reader software or video conferencing to allow deaf employees to communicate with others. Communication accommodations could include providing written materials in braille or having closed captioning in videos. Policy accommodations include changing the work hours or allowing for more breaks throughout the day.

There are many people in Michigan who have disabilities. This may limit their ability to perform certain tasks, but it generally does not mean they are unqualified otherwise and have a right to work jobs they are qualified to work. Employers may need to provide reasonable accommodations though. If they do not, the employee or prospective employee may have a discrimination claim and be entitled to compensation for loss wages and other damages. These can be complex matters though and experienced attorneys may be able to guide one through it.