Many workers across Michigan require accommodations in the workplace. They can range from mobility equipment in the workspace or screen readers to adjusted schedules and additional breaks. These accommodations improve accessibility and make it easier for people to perform job functions.
If you require an accommodation, consider the following tips for approaching the process of asking your employer.
Ask the right person.
When you need to request an accommodation, you should know who to ask. Depending on the size and structure of your employer, the appropriate person to ask could be:
- Your supervisor;
- A Human Resources agent; or
- A Third Party Administrator, meaning a company that your Employer pays to handle such requests.
You can ask your boss or consult your employee handbook for guidance on where to make your request to get a response more quickly.
Put it in writing.
It is typically not required to put your request in writing, but doing so can ensure you and your employer have a record of what you request and when you submitted it. It is also possible that your employer will have a form you will need to fill out.
You may also want to submit medical documentation with your request, including a note from your doctor or other records. This information can give your employers the details they need to confirm your disability and approve your request.
Be clear and reasonable.
Your request need not be overly formal or exacting. However, it should be clear what you are asking for and why.
In your request, state why you need an accommodation. It’s typically not necessary to go into great detail about your condition or personal information, but be sure to express that you have a disabling condition that requires an adjustment to your workspace or environment.
If you know what accommodation you need, you can request it specifically. If you are open to suggestions or recommendations, you might state that you would like to meet to discuss ideas.
Keep in mind that employers are only required to make accommodations deemed reasonable. If they are overly disruptive or expensive, an employer could deny your request or offer a different option for you to consider.
Following these tips can help you secure the accommodation you need. However, if you would like additional and more individualized tips, please contact the lawyers at Miller Cohen, P.L.C. for a free consultation at (313) 964-4454.