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Employment law protects Scottsdale workers with disabilities

Having a disability does present challenges to those Scottsdale residents who have them. However, many do not let that stop them from living their lives to the fullest, and that includes finding a job. Most already know that employment law protects them from discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on their disabilities, but their employers' responsibilities do not end there.

In order for a disabled person to correctly perform his or her job duties, it may be necessary to make some adjustments to the workspace. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides that employers should make such changes, or reasonable accommodations, if at all possible. For instance, an employee may need certain equipment or a modification to existing equipment.

The work area itself may require some adjustments in order to accommodate a wheelchair, for example. Another person may require later start and ending times to a shift for transportation issues. Some minor tasks may need to go to another employee. The key is that the accommodation makes it easier for the individual to do his or her job without it creating an undue hardship on the employer. This often means that the adjustments needed are not cost prohibitive, but it can also mean that the changes needed do not interfere with the company's ability to do business, among other things.

Workers here in Scottsdale who fall under the definition of disability put forth in the ADA may need a better understanding of their rights under the law. Everyone deserves the right to make a living, and when employers fail to adhere to the provisions of the ADA, it could constitute a violation of the act and other employment law rights of the disabled person. No one should be afraid to speak up under these circumstances.

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