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Well, yes, the employer can deny an accommodation that is not reasonable---but they do so at their own risk. If you are indeed disabled and your request for accommodation is reasonable, then the employer has the obligation to work with you. If they refuse, then you are left with several options.
A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation for you,presuming that your physical and medical condition qualifies as a disability under the ADA guidelines, would be a violation of law, and give you a cause of action including wrongful termination and discrimination.
Under the ADA guidelines, a person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. Recently, some new sections were added to the ADA regulations which provide even greater protections for the employee. One such section, 1630.2(j)(1)(iii) holds that the issue of “substantially limited” in a major life activity “should not demand extensive analysis,” and goes on to hold that comparing an individual’s performance of a major life activity to the performance of the same major life activity by most people in the general population “usually will not require scientific, medical or statistical analysis.”
As a result, proving a disability is a bit easier, and the remedies for a violation of your rights are several.
You may begin by filing a formal complaint of discrimination against the employer with the Department of Justice at:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights - NYAVE
Washington, D.C. 20530
You may also file a lawsuit in Federal Court against the employer.
Finally, you may file a disability discrimination
complaint with the EEOC
(Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission). If your company has 15 or more employees, they are prohibited from discriminating against you. To file a complaint with the EEOC, contact the nearest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission field office. To be automatically connected with the nearest office, call(###) ###-#### EEOC website: www.eeoc.gov
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