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Texas woman sues former employer for disability discrimination

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Texas employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation can be a number of things - from providing workers with altered schedules or wheelchair access. A reasonable accommodation might also mean giving workers different tools to do their jobs. Unfortunately, employers often fail to provide workers with the simple accommodations they need - and have a right to - in order to do their jobs.

A woman in Marshall, Texas, has filed a lawsuit accusing her former employer of refusing to make reasonable accommodations after she broke her leg.

The woman had been working for the company as an accounting manager since April 2006 when, in March 2012, she was injured when a horse fell on top of her. She says that after suffering leg injuries, her employer refused to accommodate her and also denied her an annual raise.

She also says that she was fired in retaliation after complaining about the alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A news story about her lawsuit does not detail the woman's requests for reasonable accommodations.

She is now seeking damages for lost wages, as well as reinstatement into her job, among other things.

Unless it would present undue hardship to the employer, the employer is always required by federal law to make accommodations for employees with disabilities. And, a bit of inconvenience or difficulty does not qualify as undue hardship. Those who have been denied reasonable accommodations may benefit from legal counsel.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Accounting manager sues employer for failing to provide for disability," Aug. 30, 2013

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