What is a Reasonable Accommodation for my Disability?

What is a Reasonable Accommodation for my Disability?

Federal and state laws offer special protections to employees with disabilities. Qualified employees with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist them in the performance of their job duties. You can read more about qualifying disabilities here.

A reasonable accommodation is anything that will enable an individual with a disability to have equal employment opportunities. Whether it’s a modification to the job, the work environment, or the way things are done, reasonable accommodations exist so that employees with disabilities are able to participate in the processes and perform their essential roles. There are many types of accommodations and reasonable accommodation requests must be evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis.

Reasonable accommodations could include:

  • providing assistive technology
  • modifying workstations
  • allowing for flexible working hours
  • adjusting the physical environment of the workplace
  • providing special equipment
  • changing job duties
  • allowing for medical leave

Reasonable accommodations can be discussed during the interactive process. The interactive process is an open communication between the employer and the employee in which the discussion of the disability and the limitations thereof take place. Accommodations should be tailored to the individual’s needs, and not create an undue burden for the employer. You can read more about the interactive process here.

A request for accommodation does not need to be in writing, but it may be necessary to provide disability documentation at the employer’s request. Knowing your rights will help you avoid disability discrimination and/or address any misconceptions an employer may have. You can read more about disability discrimination here.

At TONG LAW, we represent employees in reasonable accommodations disputes.

Author Bio

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong is the CEO and Managing Partner of TONG LAW, a business and employment law firm located in Oakland, CA. Vincent is a fierce advocate for employees facing discrimination and wrongful termination. With several successful jury trial victories and favorable settlements, he has earned a strong reputation for delivering exceptional results for his clients.

In addition, Vincent provides invaluable counsel to businesses, guiding them on critical matters such as formation and governance, regulatory compliance, and protection of intellectual property assets. His depth of experience allows him to anticipate risks, devise strategies to avoid legal pitfalls, and empower clients to pursue their goals confidently.

Vincent currently serves as the 2021 President of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Bar Association and sits on the Executive Board for the California Employment Lawyers Association. Recognized for outstanding skills and client dedication, he has consecutively earned the Super Lawyers’ Rising Star honor since 2015, reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys. He also received the Distinguished Service Award for New Attorney from the Alameda County Bar Association in 2016. He is licensed to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

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