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Understanding Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodation requires employers to accommodate the needs of certain protected classes of workers so those workers can do their jobs.

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Understanding Reasonable Accommodation

  1. 1. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 UNDERSTANDING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION A Guide for Conshohocken Business Owners and Employees
  2. 2. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 What is Reasonable Accommodation?
  3. 3. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Reasonable accommodation is a legal concept under employment discrimination law.
  4. 4. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 What Does Reasonable Accommodation Mean?
  5. 5. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Reasonable accommodation requires employers to accommodate the needs of certain protected classes of workers so those workers can do their jobs.
  6. 6. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 If an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations, this failure may be a form of discrimination.
  7. 7. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 When is Reasonable Accommodation Required? Reasonable accommodation issues most commonly arise among disabled or religious employees.
  8. 8. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 An employee may need an employer to make some minor modifications to job duties or job conditions so the employee can do the work while disabled or can do the work while practicing his religion.
  9. 9. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Reasonable accommodation issues can also come up when a worker is pregnant.
  10. 10. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 When is an Employer Required to Make Reasonable Accommodations?
  11. 11. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 An employer is required to make reasonable accommodations to allow a worker to do his or her job if it appears plausible to make the accommodations and if making the accommodations would not present an undue burden for an employer or for other co-workers.
  12. 12. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides many different examples of reasonable accommodations.
  13. 13. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Making workplace facilities accessible to someone who is disabled Restructuring job requirements Allowing for modified work schedules Modifying worksites or equipment
  14. 14. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Altering tests, policies, or training materials Providing interpreters Reassigning someone to a vacant job
  15. 15. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 What if an Employer Doesn’t Make Reasonable Accommodations?
  16. 16. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 If an employer fails to make reasonable accommodations, employees can sometimes take legal action under anti- discrimination laws.
  17. 17. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Getting Legal Help An experienced attorney can assist an employee in taking legal action when an employer has failed to make reasonable accommodations.
  18. 18. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 An attorney can also help employers to understand their duties to accommodate protected workers so they reduce the risk of liability.
  19. 19. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Learn More About Reasonable Accommodation in Pennsylvania
  20. 20. Curley & Rothman, LLC 1100 East Hector Street, Suite 425, Conshohocken, PA 19428 Phone: 610-834-8819 Click to visit www.curleyrothman.com

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