If you suffer from an impairment which substantially limits you in one or more major life activities (some examples are seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, eating, social interaction, taking care of yourself, and having children), then you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation in your workplace. In general, you must be able to perform the essential functions of your job – with or without a reasonable accommodation. So, if you need help to perform these functions, you should request an accommodation. The accommodation you need must not pose an undue hardship for the employer – for example, if you are a receptionist and an essential function of your job is to greet guests at your workplace, you probably cannot be accommodated by asking to spend most of the work week working from home. On the other hand, if you perform most of your work from your office on your phone and computer, then working from home as an accommodation might be reasonable.
Please contact Bryan Schwartz if you believe you have been denied a reasonable accommodation, or you need a lawyer's advice in requesting one from your employer.
Be mindful of your deadline to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or, if your situation arose in California, with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. If you were retaliated against for blowing the whistle on unlawful activity other than discrimination, then read the Whistleblower section.