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What if your accommodation request was denied?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination |

Most reasonable accommodations at the workplace for people with disabilities cost employers little to nothing to implement, but the impact these have on employee productivity and satisfaction is priceless. Despite this, many employees continue to encounter improper denials of accommodation requests.

Reasonable accommodations come in different forms, ranging from work schedule modifications and work-from-home arrangements to enhancing accessibility in the office. Overall, these adjustments aim to ensure that all employees have equal employment opportunities. If your workplace denies your request for reasonable accommodation, what steps can you take to protect your rights as an employee?

Seek clarification

Request a detailed explanation for the denial of your request. Misunderstandings regarding the request or its impact on operations can occasionally lead to denial. A written explanation can go a long way in providing clarity and helping you and your employer devise a workable compromise.

Provide more information

Your employer might need further information related to your disability and accommodation. Find out what additional information is required and provide additional details from a health care provider on how the accommodation can support your work performance.

Consider legal options

If the denial still stands and you believe the decision to be unjust, filing a formal complaint with your company’s human resources department can be a significant next step. You may also consider engaging in formal or informal appeal processes to explore other available strategies that can help resolve the situation internally. If all else fails, you may contact an employee rights attorney for advice on your next move.

When faced with a denial of reasonable accommodation at work, knowing your rights and the options available can significantly empower you and allow you to advocate for yourself. It is also important to note that you can seek professional help to aid you in securing the accommodations you need to succeed in your career.

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