Federal workers with disabilities can request a reasonable accommodation to make adjustments to their role or work environment. An employer can make changes to the application, hiring process, job duties, or even the work environment to make a job suitable for a disabled worker. Accommodations are considered reasonable if they don’t create an undue hardship.
Which Disabilities Qualify for Reasonable Accommodations?
To qualify for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee must have a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Below we have put together a list of disabilities that often qualify for reasonable accommodations:
- Visual Impairment: Visual impairment refers to uncorrectable vision loss. In many cases, individuals are either partially sighted, low vision, legally blind, or totally blind.
- Hearing Impairment: Hearing impairment is when an individual has difficulty perceiving sounds that are typically heard by most individuals. However, mild hearing loss might not qualify as a hearing impairment since a hearing aid could improve their hearing ability.
- Mental Health & Emotional Disabilities: Employees with mental health disabilities can also request reasonable accommodations. The most common types of mental disorders include anxiety, psychotic, obsessive, and personality disorders.
- Physical Impairment: A physical disability encompasses any impairment that limits an individual’s mobility.
It is important to note that if the disability is not obvious to an employer, they do have legal grounds to ask for medical documentation from a health care provider to confirm the need for a reasonable accommodation.
How to Request a Reasonable Accommodation
At Pines Federal, our federal employee lawyer understands what it takes to aggressively protect your rights if you experienced discrimination or are concerned about your rights in regards to requests for reasonable accommodation. We have a reputation for being trusted and committed advocates, so do not hesitate to reach out to us immediately.
Contact our federal employment law attorneys today at (800) 801-0598 to schedule a consultation!