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Does my employer have to comply with a doctor's note restricting me to certain work hours. Do you think this is discrimination ?

Auburn, MA |

I have a vision problem and can not drive at night. My employer tells me that the home office did not approve my doctor's request ,can they do this? There is another woman at work who has set hours and only works days because she can not drive at night so I do not understand why she is approved and not me.

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The law protects employees and requires employers, subject to certain limitations, to provide reasonable accommodations. The law in this area can be complex, and you are dealing with your employment so there can be long lasting ramifications. More facts than should be disclosed here on the internet is needed, and some research into the employer and how similar cases have been resolved may also be needed.

I strongly recommend that you speak to an attorney about your specific situation to protect your rights.

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As prior counsel indicated, discrimination claims are treated on a case-by-case basis. A number of factors may account for the employer's failure to accommodate your request for a reasonable accommodation. First, the employer might not truly understand your disability. Second, your request might not have been clearly stated as a request for reasonable accommodation. Third, your request might impose an undue hardship. Apparently, your employer needs people to work certain hours; your coworker might have the daytime only spot because she asked for it first, and it would be cost prohibitive to have a second daytime only person. Or, her job might be different than yours in some essential way.

I'd suggest you contact counsel for assistance.

Jay M. Wolman
Jay M. Wolman, Esq.
D'Angelo & Hashem, LLC
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Boston, MA 02108
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