Employers Must Make Reasonable Accommodations for Disabled Workers
Are you suffering from a physical or mental disability? You have the right to receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace so you can continue to perform the essential functions of your job. Reasonable workplace accommodations may include changing job duties, providing leave for medical care, providing additional breaks, changing work schedules, relocating the work area, and providing mechanical or electrical aids.
In California, employers must engage in a timely, good-faith interactive process with disabled workers. The purpose of the interactive process is to remove barriers that keep disabled workers from performing jobs that they could do with a workplace accommodation.
Leaves of Absence
Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), employers are required to give employees a leave of absence if requested for personal illness, to attend to the illness of a family member and in connection with the birth or adoption of a child. Eligible employees can take up to the equivalent of 12 weeks of protected leave per year. Family and medical leave laws also prohibit retaliation against an employee for exercising rights under FMLA or CFRA.
Have You Been Refused a Workplace Accommodation? Have You Been Denied Medical Leave?
If you have been terminated, had your pay reduced, were demoted or had your leave cut short as a result of taking medical leave, you might have a claim. You may also have a claim if your employer has refused to give you a reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Talk to us about ways we can protect your rights.
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