Employers in California have certain job requirements for various positions within their companies. These may include requirements for education, work experience, physical ability, technical knowledge or more.
If employees are excluded because they do not have the required education or other qualifications based on the choices they make during their lives, then they would not necessarily have a complaint if they don’t get a promotion or other opportunity at work. However, if people are excluded based on a disability they suffer, then the employee may have a complaint against the company.
Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities to allow them to complete the job tasks. Employers do not need to provide accommodations that cause an undue hardship on the company, but there are a wide variety of accommodations that are considered reasonable depending on the restrictions caused by the disability and the requirements for a particular position.
Examples of reasonable accommodations
Some examples of reasonable accommodations are allowing for more breaks or changing the work schedule; allowing the employee to leave for medical care when needed; providing changes to work stations to allow the employee to complete the job requirements; providing electronic aids; moving the location for the job; changing the job duties and other accommodations.
When employers receive a request for a reasonable accommodation the employer is required to discuss the potential accommodations to determine whether they are reasonable or not.
There are many people in California who may not receive jobs or may be fired from a job they currently have due to the limitations caused by their disability. If that has happened, they may be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer, which can include back pay that they lost. Experienced attorneys understand what may be a reasonable accommodation and may be able to protect one’s employment rights.