Ground Floor Office Is A Reasonable Accommodation For A Disability

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently settled a lawsuit alleging that a company refused to provide a reasonable accommodation to one its employees who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and asthma.  The employee requested that the company allow him to work on the ground floor of an office building in which he worked, because the building did not have an elevator.  This request was made so that he could avoid the need to walk up and down the stairs.  The lawsuit alleged that the company refused this request and then later fired the employee because of his disability.  The alleged conduct is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires employers to provide their employees with a reasonable accommodation unless such accommodation would create an undue burden.  See EEOC v. InsideUp, Inc., No.: 3:17-cv-01961 (S.D. Cal.).

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