According to the CDC, roughly one in four adults in California has a disability. If you have a disability and are working in California, you have the right to reasonable accommodations in your workplace. These accommodations are modifications or adjustments that enable you to perform your job duties effectively. It is important to understand what accommodations your employer should make, as this knowledge empowers you to advocate for your needs.
California laws, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act, protect workers with disabilities by requiring employers to provide necessary accommodations, as long as they do not cause undue hardship to the business.
Physical changes to the workplace
Your employer may need to make physical changes to the workplace. This could include installing ramps, modifying restrooms or adjusting the height of desks and equipment. These changes are essential for ensuring that you can access and navigate your workplace safely and effectively.
Modifying work schedules
If your disability affects your ability to work certain hours, your employer should consider modifying your work schedule. This might include allowing flexible working hours, part-time work or providing breaks for medical needs.
Providing equipment or devices
You may need specific equipment or devices to perform your job. Your employer should provide these, whether it is assistive technology for computer use, communication aids or other tools tailored to your needs.
Job restructuring involves modifying your job duties. This could mean reallocating or redistributing non-essential job functions that you are unable to perform because of your disability.
Your employer may also need to modify policies to accommodate your disability. This could include adjusting leave policies or dress codes.
Remember, it is your right to work in an environment that accommodates your disability, and your employer has a legal obligation to provide these reasonable accommodations unless they cause undue hardship to the business. Understanding these rights ensures that you can advocate for the support you need in your workplace.