Maxine Adams Quoted in “Is ‘I’ve Changed Meds’ an Accommodation Request?”

SHRM.org

Maxine Adams, Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in SHRM.org, in “Is ‘I’ve Changed Meds’ an Accommodation Request?” by Allen Smith.

Following is an excerpt:

An employee who’s questioned about fighting with co-workers, sudden tardiness or a dip in performance may explain, “I’ve changed medications.” Even an assertion this simple should be treated as a notice from the worker that a reasonable accommodation might be needed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) …

Possible accommodations for a person with a disability who has changed medications include …

  • A reduced work schedule, noted Maxine Adams, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green in Washington, D.C.
  • Letting the employee work remotely while adjusting to the new medication, as long as that does not create an undue burden on the employer, Adams said.