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If history is any indication, employers will face their fair share of Americans with Disabilities Act compliance cases in the months to come. According to Jon L. Tankersley, an employment attorney with Brown Parker & Leahy, as of Nov. 30, 1992, 2,461 charges had been filed, with Texas leading the nation with the most ADA reported cases.
But compliance with the ADA's reasonable accommodation duty, Tankersley says, in many instances, should not be as difficult as business owners have been led to believe. Additionally, early indications show that ADA compliance has been relatively inexpensive for employers.
As the following article -- authored by Tankersley -- illustrates, compliance with the reasonable accommodation duty primarily requires employers to simply be flexible. Tankersley offers a few case scenarios.
If there is one aspect of the Americans with Disabilities Act which undoubtedly strikes the greatest fear in the hearts of employers everywhere, especially smaller firms, it is the act's "reasonable accommodation" …