Assigning Meaning to the ADA’s Reassignment Accommodation

by: Brian East

SUMMER 2017 | AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

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An important provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is its obligation on employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations. The ADA does not define reasonable accommodations, but it does provide examples. One example of a reasonable accommodation is the reassignment to a vacant position. This article discusses the meaning of reassignment, the circumstances under which employers may be obligated to reassign an employee, and guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about the meaning of reassignment. Courts have varied considerably in their positions about reassignment and this article examines key judicial opinions about reassignment, including the Eleventh Circuit's December 2016 opinion in EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc.

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Brian East, Assigning Meaning to the ADA’s Reassignment Accommodation, UNT DALL. L. REV. ON THE CUSP, Summer 2017, at 4, [insert cited pg. no.].

 

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