Here is My Question:
I have asked for reasonable accommodations at my work. I teach. One semester it was provided. The last three it was not. I have asked repeatedly and they said they would process it, but it had not been handled. I have a lecture podium and a really tall chair with wheels. I’m 5’4 and have weakness sometimes. I have straight up fallen trying to get into the chair in front of my class. My department says they would handle it, but nothing ever gets done. I have noticed they’re putting pressure on me in other areas that are ridiculous and irrelevant…inconsistent with how they treat my colleagues. I sent ANOTHER request for my accommodation (chair without wheels and a lower desk….totally not unusual). I also contacted my union representative.
What gives?? What can I do??
Discrimination in the workplace against those with disabilities is usually more subtle. Meet with your union representative and approach human resources together. Make sure the supporting documentation from your MS specialists meets all your workplace needs. Unfortunately, you may need to find an attorney who handles workplace discrimination law. Remember, you are a protected class.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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