In the late spring I lost my mother. While it is hard to believe she’s gone; she live a fairly good and long life (97 ½ years). She was notorious for telling young folk how fortunate they were to have laws in place that assured they were given a fair chance to education and employment.
There were periods in her life when she found it hard to find desirable employment. My mother was black, handicapped and a Seventh Day Adventist. Because of the era she grew up in it wasn’t uncommon for people to be discriminated against because of their race; it made it even harder for her because her religion forbade her to work from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and she walked with a limp.
We now have laws in place that prevent an employer from discriminating again people for these reasons and more. There are also agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Comission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that make sure the laws are upheld. For this paper we will examine the EEOC and how it work to assure employers meet reasonable accommodations expectation when it come to religion and disability.
A reasonable accommodation is any adjustment an employer make to or on the job that deviates from the norm that will allow an employee with a disability or religious restriction to perform a job. (Opm.gov, 2016) At first I thought of it as a compromise, but it doesn’t have to be. In a compromise both side usually give up a little, however in the work place the employer can simply made an adjustment to accommodate the employee. A key word that comes up over and over again is undue hardship. The EEOC’s expect employers to try its best to accommodate employees with handicaps ...
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... working with employees with restrictions are…. When I join the military I along with a two other Jewish guys were given the Sabbath off from training. They also were able to wear their yarmulke when they weren’t in the field. AT&T will accommodate religious work request as much as possible. If it cannot be done with scheduling, AT&T encourages shift swaps.
We’ve come a long way since the time I was a child and even further since my mother’s day. Laws and acts like the EEO and ADA are in place to give everyone a fair chance at life as an American. Agencies like the EEOC were created to enforce the laws. Companies now day see the advantage of having diversity in the work place. It is comforting know that one disabilities or religious preference will not stand in the way of them working. I guess Lee Greenwood put it best…. “I’m proud to be an American.
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