According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a workplace accommodation can serve as any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done that enables an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities and perform their job effectively. This is also known as a reasonable accommodation. There are three categories of reasonable accommodations:
(i) modifications or adjustments to a job application process that enable a qualified applicant with a
disability to be considered for the position such qualified applicant desires; or
(ii) modifications or adjustments to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held or desired is customarily performed, that enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of that position; or
(iii) modifications or adjustments that enable a covered entity’s employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated employees without disabilities.
This online workshop will dissect how such workplace accommodations actually serve as a productivity tool for employees, thus representing an investment rather than a cost to the employer.