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Manager Responsibilities - Reasonable Accommodation Tips

The laws enforced by the EEOC require employers to provide reasonable accommodations (changes to the way things are normally done at work) because of an employee's disability or religious beliefs, in certain circumstances.*

Ensuring that managers understand their reasonable accommodation responsibilities may help prevent disability discrimination and religious discrimination.

You may decide to designate one person, or a small group of people, to handle reasonable accommodation requests. If so, ensure that this person or group of people understands:

Managers who are not designated to handle reasonable accommodation requests also have responsibilities. In particular, ensure that they understand:

  • Your business's rules and policies regarding reasonable accommodation;
  • How to recognize a request for a disability accommodation or a religious accommodation ;
  • Who to contact if they receive a disability accommodation or religious accommodation request;
  • The importance of keeping requests for disability accommodation confidential;
  • The fact that there are strict rules about when employers may legally request medical information from applicants or employees; and
  • The importance of keeping any medical information obtained as a result of a reasonable accommodation request confidential and in a separate medical file.

* Federal, state and local laws may require you to provide reasonable accommodations for other reasons. Federal, state and local government websites may have additional information about these laws.

See also:

What should I do if an applicant or employee asks for breaks, leave or other changes to a work situation because of his medical condition or his religious beliefs?

Disability Accommodations Tips

Religious Accommodations Tips

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Tips