Category Archives: Reasonable Accommodations

BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND PANIC ATTACKS Although the jury’s decision already has received wide publicity, it is such an interesting case that we thought we would make sure none of our readers missed it.  It seems management forced an employee to … Continue reading

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GILBERT & BROIDA RESCUE DISABLED CBP OFFICERS Way back in 2014 we wrote about a Customs and Border Patrol Officer with sleep apnea who asked to not be assigned to night shift or overtime work because his condition required that … Continue reading

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MASKS, FACIAL HAIR, QUAL STANDARDS, AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN EMPLOYEES EEOC just issued a new decision involving African-American employees and qualification standards. It is a familiar story about the difficulty those employees often have when required to be clean shaven in case … Continue reading

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YES, VIRGINIA, COVID 19 CAN BE A DISABILITY If you are representing a member looking for more flexibility to deal with COVID problems than the agency is allowing, check out this post with the same title as this post from … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #16 (Right to be Reassigned) If you have read our posts from the beginning, you know that there are a few situations where the employee has a right to be reassigned and one of them is where … Continue reading

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REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: HERE IS SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE EEOC just blessed the idea that while an employee who has requested a reasonable accommodation waits for that accommodation to be provided it is equally reasonable for the employee to … Continue reading

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EEOC SAYS, “LET THAT DOG WORK” An employee with a heart condition (atrial fibrillation or Afib) obtained a service dog that could alert her to when an attack was coming. Upon being alerted, she could take medication to avoid another … Continue reading

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EEOC HIGHLIGHTS TWO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION PRECEDENTS When an employee asked for a change in her work schedule because of her medical condition, but did not technically request a “reasonable accommodation” for a disability, the agency concluded it did not have … Continue reading

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LABOR AGREEMENTS VERSUS EEO RIGHTS Because of her physical limitations, the employee was no longer qualified to perform her duties. According to EEOC, that obligates the agency to consider reassigning her to a position she can perform.  The agency refused … Continue reading

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SHORT, SWEET, AND UNQUESTIONABLY ILLEGAL When an VA employee asked for a reasonable accommodation, VA management moved the request very efficiently by providing a prompt denial and ending the discussion of the request. Short and sweet, but according to EEOC … Continue reading

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