If you have a disability in Florida, you have the right to reasonable accommodation in your place of work according to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. However, if you’re new to the job, you may be nervous when it comes to asking for what you need. Here are some important things you should know.
The ADA states that you should receive “reasonable accommodation” to do your job. This generally refers to changes that need to take place in your routine or work environment so that you can perform the basic functions of your job. Accommodation usually means that you are entitled to the technology and office space that you need to work.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a disability is described as an impairment that significantly limits or stops a “major life activity.” This means that mental health conditions are treated the same way as physical disability. Not every company is required by law to comply with disability regulations, however. If you work for a company with 15 or more employees, you have federal ADA protection. The same rules apply if you work for a labor organization or government employer. If your job doesn’t fall into these categories, you should still request accommodation if it will improve your work performance. Many companies will be willing to assist you in coming up with a solution.
If you’ve just started a new job or you need to make changes at your current place of employment, speak to a qualified disability lawyer for guidance. An attorney can tell you what your rights are so that you can perform your job to the best of your abilities.