WHAT OBLIGATIONS DO EMPLOYERS HAVE IN REGARDS TO DISABLED EMPLOYEES?
California employers are required to refrain from discriminating against any employee on the basis of disability. Further, employers have an obligation to provide “reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides that to an effective accommodation requires employers and employees to participate in a mutual, good faith interactive process. However, this process is often confusing and unclear.
Guidance provided by FEHA provides clarification about the interactive process — both employers and employees should take a common-sense, problem-solving approach to the process and should act in good faith at all times. It is important to note that there are no “magic words” to invoke the interactive process. Rather, the obligation starts once the employer is aware of the need to consider an accommodation.
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