Have a Disability? When and How Do you Ask for Help?
Learn when and how to request an accommodation from your employer.
When to Ask for An AccommodationIs your job covered by the federal disability discrimination law? The ADA applies to employers with 20 or more employees. The ADA covers qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of a job with or without a reasonable accommodation. If you suffer from an impairment which interferes with a major life activity (e.g., diabetes, blindness, physical or mental impairments). If you think that an accommodation would help you perform your duties, then ask for one. It starts a dialogue with the employer and the burden shifts to them to respond. If they fail to respond, they may be subject to liability. If they retaliate against you, they may be subject to liability. It's important to know your rights.
How to Ask for An AccommodationIt doesn't have to be a formal request - verbal is ok - just document when you did it and to whom you directed it. It can be a leave of absence or a request to work from home during certain periods of time. There is no one size fits all accommodation. If the company doesn't respond, contact the next level of management. Watch for retaliation against you.