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Medical Accommodations In The Workplace

Employees often need accommodation to their workplace as a result of medical conditions. A medical ailment or injury may restrict the jobs they can execute, or the time and length they can work, or demand that they require assistance to perform their job.

Employees may have similar restrictions due to the medical conditions of others. For example, employees may need time off to care for a family member, for the birth of a child or the placement of a child in foster care.

Employees are entitled to workplace accommodations for medical reasons under federal and state law. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Ohio law, employers are required to provide workplace accommodations in specific circumstances.

Accommodations You May Be Entitled To Receive

Examples of some accommodations employers typically must provide are:

  • Time off work, such as extended leave (possibly weeks or months), irrespective of the employer’s leave or attendance policy
  • Change the employee’s schedule, including when the employee arrives and/or leaves from work, or reduce the employee’s schedule altogether
  • Assign to other employees the job duties the employee cannot perform as a result of her medical condition
  • Reassign the employee to an open position

Employees are entitled to such accommodations if they are reasonable. What is “reasonable” is based upon the individual circumstances of the employee and employer.

If your requested accommodation has not been granted, you should speak to an attorney at Gibson Law, LLC, to learn your options. Our lawyers regularly represent clients whose employers did not offer the accommodations required by the law.

Speak With A Knowledgeable, Compassionate Attorney Today

If your employer has denied you a requested accommodation, email or dial 513-834-8254 to contact a legal professional at our office. We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with us to discuss your employment law concerns.