The American with Disabilities Act does not require employers to give all disabled persons a job, or a job schedule, of their choosing. Rather, the ADA requires employers to reasonably accommodate their disabled employees. Employers should note the use of the word reasonably. A recent case involving the Ford Motor Company helped clarify what is required from employers.
A Ford employee sought to dictate her entire work schedule by working from home four days per week, because of her disability (irritable bowel syndrome). The Court ultimately ruled that Ford did not have to accommodate the woman’s request to work from home four days per week. To come to this conclusion, they looked at a number of factors:
Employers should have well designed job descriptions, engage in conversations with disabled employees, and provide reasonable accommodations where necessary.
For more information about the above case, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Ford Motor Company at: http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/15a0066p-06.pdf
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