As a business owner, you’re bound to face employment law challenges from time-to-time. Differing interpretations of the law and even bad blood with employees or former employees can give rise to business litigation. In these instances, you need to know how to protect your interests as fully as possible, which means understanding the law and how it applies to your particular set of circumstances.
The ADA and undue hardship
One aspect of the law that’s often overlooked by small businesses is reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here, a disabled worker can request an accommodation if it allows him or her to enjoy equal employment opportunities. This means that you may be asked to modify a work schedule, provide changes to the work environment, or make revisions to the hiring processes.
While most businesses want to accommodate workers as much as possible, sometimes the requested accommodation just isn’t feasible. In these instances, an employer must consider whether the requested accommodation creates an undue hardship, which is a multi-factor analysis. Primarily, though, an accommodation will be found to create an undue hardship if it is too expensive in light of the business’s resources. It’s usually best to negotiate with workers who request an accommodation, though, to see if there’s any middle ground that can leave both parties satisfied without the need for full blown litigation.
Competently navigate your employment law challenges
Regardless of the type of employment law issue that you may be facing, you need to be prepared for litigation. This means knowing the facts of your case and how to craft compelling legal arguments in light of the law. With so much at stake, it might be wise to discuss your circumstances with an individual who can provide you with the support that you need.