Over the last few years my place of employment has been very accommodating towards those of us who suffer from chronic migraines. As long as we could provide medical documentation, they were more than willing to take out one or two of the fluorescent lights that are directly above our desks. Our office is fairly large and I would estimate we have at least 300 fluorescent ceiling lights evenly spaced throughout the building. As of today we were told that HR will no longer be accommodating us and they would be turning all of the lights back on, as it is now considered a safety issue. To my knowledge there are only two lights that have been shut off to accommodate myself and the lady I sit next to, who also suffers from chronic migraines. We were told that we now have to wear sunglasses or a visor. Because we wear headsets, it is very uncomfortable to also wear sunglasses and it exacerbates or brings on my migraines. As far as hats go, well frankly I don't own one because I look awful in them, but that's beside the point. (Side note: how are we going to wear a headset and a hat comfortably?) Personally, I don't feel like I should be alienated by something I cannot control.
The accommodation has to be reasonable. If it is truly a safety issue, they can look for other alternatives. The fact that you "look awful" in hats is not a reason to avoid wearing a hat. Are there other headsets the company can get for you to use with sunglasses? If HR has been accommodating, I suggest you sit down with them with your concerns.
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