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By Louise Herman

Starting a new job is an exciting time, as it signifies the beginning of a new chapter in life. However, when you show up on your first day, you’re immensely disappointed by the lack of accommodations in the office, which makes it challenging to do your job effectively due to your disability. If you have a disability, you don’t have to endure conditions that make it hard to work. You can request reasonable accommodations from your employer. Keep reading to learn more and discover how a Providence, Rhode Island disability discrimination lawyer can help you.

What Are Reasonable Accommodations?

Reasonable accommodations are an adjustment or modification to a job under the Americans with Disabilities Act. They are not “special privileges,” but rather a means to ensure those with disabilities are able to effectively and efficiently perform the duties of their job up to the standards under which they were hired.

These include physical changes to the building or workspace, including adding a ramp and making a restroom stall larger. You can also request changing the nature of the job, which includes modifying work schedules or investing in equipment and technology that makes it easier to perform the functions of the job. For example, an employer may provide more ergonomic desks and seats.

How Do I Request Reasonable Accommodations?

Many assume they must fill out a form or submit a formal request to receive accommodations in the workplace. However, all you need to do is speak with your employer in plain English.

You don’t have to mention the ADA or say “reasonable accommodations” when making the request. You do not have to put the request in writing, but it is recommended to make a written request. You should also keep a copy of the document.

An employer may also ask questions about the accommodation to ensure it meets the requirements. They may also ask for documentation of the disability, which is a reasonable request.

What Happens if the Request Cannot Be Fulfilled?

If you submit a request and the accommodations cannot be fulfilled your employer should inform you of alternative options. For example, if you make a request that is unable to be fulfilled due to budget restraints, your employer can implement an equal but more cost-effective alternative.

However, if your request is denied without alternatives or ignored, you may want to reach out to an attorney. They can help ensure the terms of your request are reasonable and will help file a complaint with the Rhode Island EEOC.

Discrimination in the workplace is never okay. If you’re facing problems due to a reasonable accommodation you’ve made for your disability, don’t suffer in silence. Don’t wait to reach out to the Herman Law Group for help.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.