How to Request Reasonable Accommodations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
As an employee in California, you have the right to request reasonable accommodations for a disability or medical condition under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Reasonable accommodations are any changes to the workplace or the way work is normally done that would allow you to perform the essential functions of your job. Examples of reasonable accommodations include adjusting your work schedule, providing equipment or software, or modifying your workspace. In this blog post, we’ll outline the step-by-step process for requesting reasonable accommodations under FEHA.
Step 1: Identify your need for an accommodation.
The first step in requesting a reasonable accommodation is to identify your need for one. This may be due to a disability or medical condition that affects your ability to perform your job duties. If you have a disability or medical condition that requires an accommodation, it’s important to communicate this to your employer as soon as possible.
Step 2: Inform your employer of your need for an accommodation.
Once you have identified your need for an accommodation, it’s important to inform your employer. You can do this either orally or in writing, but it’s usually best to put your request in writing. This will provide a clear record of your request and make it easier for your employer to respond. In your request, be sure to specify the accommodation you are requesting and explain how it will help you perform the essential functions of your job.
Step 3: Participate in the interactive process.
After you have made your request for an accommodation, your employer must engage in what is called the “interactive process” to determine an appropriate accommodation. This is a collaborative process where you and your employer work together to determine an accommodation that meets your needs and is reasonable for the employer to provide.
Step 4: Implement the accommodation.
Once an appropriate accommodation has been determined, it’s important to implement it as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the accommodation, be sure to bring them up with your employer.
Step 5: Follow up on your accommodation.
After your accommodation has been implemented, it’s important to follow up to ensure that it is working as intended. If you are having any problems with the accommodation, be sure to let your employer know so that they can address any issues.
Requesting reasonable accommodations under FEHA is an important step in ensuring that you are able to perform your job duties to the best of your ability. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can effectively communicate your need for an accommodation and work with your employer to find a solution that meets your needs. Remember, it’s important to request an accommodation as soon as you become aware of a need, and to participate in the interactive process to determine an appropriate accommodation.