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Accommodations in the Workplace

Written by MILC Human Resources Department

What is an accommodation in the workplace?

An accommodation in the workplace is an adjustment to a job or work environment that makes it possible for an individual with a disability to perform their job duties. This may include specialized equipment, modifications to the work environment or adjustments to work schedules or responsibilities.

What is required?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are only required to provide accommodations for employees who are experiencing workplace problems because of a disability. Therefore, unless you let your employer know that you have a disability, the employer is not obligated to consider accommodations under the ADA.*

What can you do?

Even if you are not sure what accommodation you need, you can go ahead and let your employer know that you need an adjustment or change at work because of a medical condition. Then, you and your employer can explore accommodation options together.*

Want to learn more about accommodations? Check out the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at

*Information from Employees’ Practical Guide to Requesting & Negotiating Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)