Holding employees accountable for performance failures is a common issue that many employers must contend with. Unfortunately, some employers don’t realize that there is a major difference between a reasonable accommodation and an unreasonable one. This is why many employers are surprised when they are advised that lowering performance standards for an employee does not necessarily mean they have made a reasonable accommodation
If an employer receives a reasonable accommodation request from an employee, they need to take it to the appropriate EEO/HR/Legal staff to determine if the company is required to make accommodations that require lower performance standards.
According to the EEOC:
- Employers should use the same quantitative and qualitative requirements for performing essential job functions for employees with disabilities that apply to non-disabled employees.
The goal of accommodating a disabled employee is to fix the situation so that they can perform their job at the same level as other employees in the job. Thus, taking away crucial job functions wouldn’t qualify as a reasonable accommodation.
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