Lawsuit Questions “Essential Functions” of Job


Discrimination Lawsuit Against Alliant Energy Questions “Essential Functions” of Job

Human Resources Journal

From the HumanResourcesJournal:

Image: Human Resources Journal

To prove that an employee has been discriminated based on a disability, a person must show a failure for providing reasonable accommodation. But that person must also show that he/she can perform essential functions of a job if reasonably accommodated.

These essential functions were the crux of a recent lawsuit from a woman who alleged that Alliant Energy Corporate Services violated the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

The woman was the Resource Coordinator at Alliant’s Distribution Dispatch Center (DDC) in Cedar Rapids, IA. Because DDC employees often handle emergency situations 24 hours a day, the Resource Coordinator is required to work a rotating shift.

The woman has Type I diabetes, relies on insulin and must test her blood sugar throughout the day. She also suffers from Peripheral Vascular Disease, which limits circulation to her legs and feet. She found working a rotating shift increasingly more difficult to manage due to her conditions.

She contacted the company’s HR about a possible accommodation. She submitted a form, completed by her physician, which recommended that she only work straight day shifts.

The request was denied, as the company stated that a rotating shift was an “essential function” because the position demanded 24-hour service. The HR rep suggested taking another position with a straight day shift, but the woman turned down three offers, as the positions necessitated walking, less pay or relocation.

To read the rest of the article–Discrimination Lawsuit Against Alliant Energy Questions “Essential Functions” of Jobat HumanResourcesJournal.com.

Published by @philammann

Put. That coffee. Down. Writer/editor/whatever it takes. @margaretj13 is my (much) better half. Website: FloridaPolitics.com Email: phil@floridapolitics.com Twitter: @PhilAmmann

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Theme Park Tribune

Orlando, Florida, California and U.S. theme park news

Theme Park Tribune

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

The Florida Squeeze

Florida Politics, History and Society since 2013

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: