The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) helps to protect the rights of individuals who have disabilities that may require accommodations in the workplace. Typically, these adjustments or aids are simple to implement, but employers do not always make the appropriate changes. When an employer violates the ADA, workers will likely face unnecessary challenges when navigating the workplace and completing tasks.
Types of accommodations
Under the act, employers must provide accommodations that will assist applicants when applying for the job. Once hired, employers must provide assistance to enable the person to do their job duties and to enjoy equality in the workplace. Also known as productivity enhancers, accommodations might include ramps for wheelchair access, special chairs, modified equipment and tools to help with training. Generally, they are things that make it possible for someone to do their job or to move freely around the workplace.
Requirements for providing accommodations
Employers must provide productivity enhancers whenever possible. While exemptions to these accommodations do exist, the employer must take the proper legal steps before unilaterally deciding to ignore the ADA. Employees facing an unsafe or unaccommodating workplace must speak up immediately to ensure the employer is held responsible for compliance.
The ADA works to ensure accommodations are available in every possible situation because a disability should not prevent a person from seeking and holding gainful employment. Workers facing an unfair, unsafe or discriminatory environment often have legal protections available to them even if they are unaware. It is important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible to ensure the employer makes the necessary improvements and is held accountable for any noncompliance.