Building a Wheelchair Ramp Can be a Reasonable Accommodation

Especially when the employer is a general contractor. In a recent EEOC settlement, the employer, a major national general contractor, fired an employee days after she asked for a reasonable accommodation consisting of a wheel chair ramp and the right to use crutches and a walker while recovering from leg surgery. The employer later settled with the EEOC for $125,000. The EEOC news release does not indicate whether the employer argued that it would suffer an undue hardship if required to provide the requested accommodations. However, it is unlikely the employer could establish an undue hardship as the requested accommodations would not create significant difficulty or expense, be unduly extensive or disruptive or fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the employer’s business.

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