Hi, my name is Alex Hartzband and I'm an employment attorney at Faruqi & Faruqi.
Under federal law, employers are required to grant reasonable accommodations to employees who suffer from disabilities. This means making changes to the job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done to ensure that employees with disabilities can still perform their job duties.
If you request a reasonable accommodation from your employer, your employer is required to either grant the accommodation or engage in a discussion with you regarding possible alternative accommodations that would still allow you to perform your job. Your employer can deny your request entirely only if granting any reasonable accommodation would cause undue hardship. Typically, this means significant difficulty or expense to the business.
Every case must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, of course, and whether you're entitled to a reasonable accommodation is going to depend on a number of factors including the nature of your job, the nature of your disability, and the state, city, or town in which you work. If you believe that your right to a reasonable accommodation is being violated, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney experienced in employment litigation as soon as possible.