Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Defining Reasonable Accommodation

A reasonable accommodation is defined as the modification or adjustment of a job application process or a work environment to enable a qualified individual with a disability to be considered for a job. The three categories for reasonable accommodations cover:

· The modification or adjustment to a job application process that allows a qualified applicant with a disability to be considered.

· A modification or adjustment to an individuals work environment that enables a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential duties of their position.

· Modification or adjustment that allows an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment enjoyed by other employees without disabilities in a similar situation.

Situations where reasonable accommodations are not required include:

· If an employer is unaware of the need.

· If providing the accommodation would cause an undue hardship on the employer.

· The employer is free to choose accommodations and may provide those less expensive or easier to obtain.

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