If I ask for an accommodation, am I guaranteed to get one?
Great question! You are actually not guaranteed to get the accommodation that you ask for, even if you have a disability that gets in the way of being successful at work. People with disabilities may request an accommodation, and employers are required by law to consider the accommodation request. Employers are generally required to accommodate disabilities in the workplace, but also have some discretion about how they provide the accommodation. Employers may reject, for example, an accommodation request due to unreasonable cost, if it would be an “undue hardship” to the employer. In addition, if the accommodation would require an overhaul of how things are done in the workplace, it may also be considered to be an undue burden, and be rejected. You may find that you need to negotiate with your employer about the accommodation.
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended
The entire Americans with Disabilities Act, including the 2008 amendment, can be found here.
- The EEOC Fact Sheet
This is a brief list of the rights protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also provides Federal resources available if an individual feels his/her rights have not been properly met.
- EEOC Enforcement Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act & Psychiatric Disabilities
This explains the enforcement of the ADA as it pertains to people with psychiatric disabilities. It also explains the definition of psychiatric disabilities under the ADA & how protected individuals can receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace & discusses disclosing a disability to an employer.
- Discrimination In the Workplace
This article overviews discrimination in the workplace & laws that make discrimination illegal.