How to Request Reasonable Accommodation from an Employer

How to Request Reasonable Accommodation from an Employer


oh man it’s getting difficult for me to see things on this computer
screen maybe it’s time for me to talk to somebody about a reasonable accommodation how would I even begin their process I know Siri how did I request a reasonable
accommodation okay I found something on the web for how do I request a
reasonable accommodation asking your employer for a reasonable accommodation may seem intimidating but it can be a straightforward process you may qualify for a reasonable accommodation if you have a disability employers in California must provide
reasonable accommodations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act The accommodation does not change the essential functions of the job an employer can deny the request if it’s
too expensive or too difficult to implement unless it’s obvious you should start by telling yoursupervisor or Human Resources that you have a disability what accommodations
you need and how they will help you you You don’t have to explain your disability in
detail but you should give enough information to show that you have a
disability Hi Steve how you doing All right I need to talk to you about a reasonable accommodation. Great you’ve come to the
right place let’s take a seat. Your employer may ask for a doctor’s note. Any medical information given to your employer must remain confidential and
separate from your personnel file. Have you talked to your supervisor about this? Yes I did talk to my supervisor and he told me and come talk for you. Very good. Michael so tell me what’s going on what what can we help you with? I’m having having problems seeing my screen so I think I’m gonna need something to
enlarge my screen and also because I don’t see everything on the screen
something with voice activation that can help me help me maneuver the computer
and go from problem to problem. You know when I’m what I’m looking at case is and
all of that so. And also I need because our
paperwork that I have to read that’s you know that’s already there I need
something to magnify it. I believe it’s called a CCTV. So that I can put the print
material on there so it can magnify it so I can see it. Okay. So typically we you know we’re very careful about who knows about
accommodations and so it’s usually a three-way conversation between the
employee and HR and the supervisor and then we only bring in others on a
need-to-know basis so in this case the only other people we would need to bring in is the IT department to do the ordering and the installation of the software and the equipment. Is that okay with you? That’s sounds good to me. Okay good. An employee can request a wide range of
accommodations an employee uses a wheelchair may need a ramp or a higher desk. An employee who needs to attend doctor’s appointments may need time away from
work. An employee who isn’t able to perform the essential functions of his
or her current position may ask for a transfer to an open position. Reassignment is a last resort. Right well that should be fairly easy to to
accommodate. So we’ve got zoomtext and a magnifier is there with the CCTV, is there anything else? I do a lot of calculations so I would need a voice-activated
calculator so when I’m doing a calculation I
can hear the numbers that I press them. Your employer must make a reasonable
effort to determine the appropriate accommodation once you put in a request. You are also obligated to take part in the process of developing and
implementing the accommodation. You could lose your rights under state and federal disability laws if you don’t participate. All right. So a software and two pieces
of equipment and I’ll get IT on that and follow up with them to make sure that it
gets installed and delivered properly. All right. Thank You Hey Steve. I wanted to stop by. I understand that the software and the equipment got installed so I wanted to make sure that everything was
working for you the way it was supposed to. Yeah it’s this seemed to be.
Everything it’s working fine you see I got my magnification and the
speed. So you know I can take it up when I need to and CCTV I can see I can read
that so yeah. I even got the calculator. You got the talking calculator That’s great. So everything’s going pretty good. Disability Rights California can answer your questions about your legal rights to reasonable accommodations. Call our intake line at
1-800-776-5746. Or TTY 1-800-719-5798.

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