STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES: A doctor’s guide to reasonable accommodation requests

Health care professionals making disability assessments for employees seeking workplace accommodations should be apprised of the relevant laws.

Doctors and other health care professionals are often called on to render critical opinions concerning patients’ disabilities for purposes of workplace reasonable accommodation requests. However, they sometimes are not well-versed in the law surrounding reasonable accommodations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Doctors’ opinions can have a profound effect on the employee’s ability to perform his or her job and the employer’s business operations.

This Strategic Perspective, written by Jeffrey J. Lorek, special counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, details reasonable accommodations and the responsibilities under the ADA for doctors and health care professionals.