Are employers required under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate someone who can’t perform essential job functions? What if the employer provides an accommodation and the employee still has problems doing the job?
In many cases, YES! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to accommodate someone with a disability unless that accommodation would cause what the EEOC defines as “undue hardship” for an employer. These accommodations may vary significantly in scope and whether or not it would cause an “undue hardship” depends on the size of the company and the cost of the accommodation, just to name a few of the factors. So even if the applicant or current employee cannot perform the essential job functions, accommodations may need to be made.
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