Experiencing a lack of accommodation for a disability in the workplace can create a stressful and challenging environment. Such an issue can be even more difficult to navigate if your employer does not recognize or respond to your needs appropriately.
When you have a disability, certain accommodations can be essential for your daily work. But what can you do if your Georgia employer does not make these necessary adjustments? Consider these steps you can take to address this situation.
Understanding your rights
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities unless it causes undue hardship to the business. Knowing your rights under this act can help you when addressing your concerns with your employer.
Begin with open communication. Discuss your concerns and the accommodations you need with your employer or human resources department. Sometimes, lack of accommodation may stem from misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about your specific needs.
Keep a record of all communications regarding your need for accommodation. This includes your initial request, any follow-up discussions and your employer’s responses. Documentation can serve as evidence if the situation escalates.
If direct communication does not resolve the issue, you may need to involve a third party. This could be a company ombudsman, a disability rights advocate or an equal employment opportunity commission representative. While it is beyond the scope of this article to advise involving an attorney, there are many resources available for employees who find themselves in this situation.
Filing a complaint
If your employer continues not to provide reasonable accommodations, you might need to file a complaint with the Georgia Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They can investigate your claim and provide guidance on the next steps.
Remember, you have rights under the ADA. If your employer is not accommodating your disability, you have avenues to rectify the situation.