All employers have the duty to accommodate, meaning equal access to employment.
The duty to accommodate can relate to a variety of contexts, in employment it is most commonly arises where an employee suffers a disability and is no longer able to perform the work they were doing in the same way. Examples of employer accommodation could be building a wheelchair ramp, flexible hours, and job restructuring to assign different responsibilities.
To accommodate someone means to remove workplace barriers which prevent people from gaining access to jobs or working. Whenever an accommodation at work becomes necessary, the goal is for employer and employee to find a solution that both adapts to the employee’s needs and allows them to continue to do valuable work for the employer.
If you have questions about the accommodation process in the workplace, contact one of our experienced Employment lawyers.