According to a SHRM article, the EEOC has filed disability lawsuits against:
- Ford Motor Company for failure to allow an employee with a gastrointestinal condition to telecommute.
- Kohl’s Department Stores for refusing to accommodate a diabetic employee’s request for a regular schedule.
- SITA for rescinding a job offer when it found that an applicant who needed surgery for cancer asked to delay her start date.
- The Scooter Store for refusing to accommodate an employee’s request for a temporary leave of absence due to a knee injury and then firing him.
Here’s the point: The EEOC is on the warpath when it comes to disability accommodation. Go through the process. Take a checklist approach. Treat your people the way you would want to be treated. Get professional help if you need it. The HR That Works Hotline is a good place to a start for Members as is the Job Accommodation Network: http://askjan.org/.