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Employers and making reasonable accommodations

Most disabled workers at Florida companies are protected under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act from illegal workplace discrimination. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for workers who are disabled unless the requested accommodations would present undue hardships for the company. If your employer has refused to make reasonable accommodations that would allow you to do your job, you may have the basis for seeking damages.

Examples of reasonable accommodations might include such things as modifying your schedule, modifying equipment, acquiring equipment or allowing needed breaks. If your employer denied such adjustments, you may file a claim as long as your requests were reasonable ones.

Employers are not required to provide transportation for disabled workers or to purchase such things as wheelchairs. They are also not required to make accommodations that involve removing essential functions of a job. Employers are also not required to make accommodations that would present a major financial hardship. In order to prevail on your claim, you will need to be able to prove that the accommodation that you requested was one that was reasonable.

At our law firm, we understand what types of accommodations the courts consider to be reasonable. We work closely with each of our clients in order to help them to build their cases. In the event a settlement is unable to be reached, we are unafraid to take the matter to court. If your employer has refused to make a requested accommodation for your disabling condition, you may want to review the information we have on our reasonable accommodations page.

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