Does My Employer Have to Make an Accommodation for my Disability?
Understanding Reasonable Accommodations Under the Disability Discrimination Laws
If you have a disability, and could perform the essential functions of your job with reasonable accommodations, your employer has an obligation under the ADA and corresponding Massachusetts law to make those accommodations.
You have to start the process by requesting an accommodation. Your employer may ask for more information about your condition, which you should provide if it is reasonably connected to your request.
The employer does not have to accommodate if the accommodation would create an undue burden on the employer. They also do not have to make the accommodation if it would not allow you to perform the "essential functions" of your job.
What is reasonable, and sometimes what are "essential functions" of a job, are usually very fact specific. it is a good idea to talk to your health care provider about what you can and can't do at work, and with an employment lawyer to determine what kind of reasonable accommodation you can request.
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