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Minimizing ADA Claims Over Employee Accommodation Requests for Leave, Telecommuting or Reassignment

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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This CLE course will provide guidance to employment counsel for minimizing and defending EEOC charges and lawsuits stemming from an employer’s denial of an employee’s request for a disability-based accommodation. The panel will discuss court rulings addressing employee requests for leaves of absence, telecommuting, predictable work shifts, and reassignments as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.


Over the past decade, employers have witnessed a steady increase in employee requests for disability-based accommodations—along with a steady stream of EEOC charges and litigation when accommodation requests are denied.

In cases involving employer denials of employee requests for reasonable accommodations—such as leaves of absence, telecommuting arrangements, predictable work shifts and reassignment—increasingly, courts are ruling in favor of employees.

When considering requests for a leave of absence or telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation, employers must review the specific facts surrounding the request, engage in an interactive discussion with the employee to determine accommodation options, and document the discussion and decision.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains an employer’s legal obligations to employees seeking reasonable accommodation under the ADA and offers tactics for avoiding and defending litigation arising from the denial of accommodation requests.



  1. Overview of employer’s obligation to provide “reasonable accommodation”
    1. Employee must initiate request for accommodation
    2. Interactive process between employer and employee
    3. Effective and reasonable accommodation
    4. Penalties for noncompliance
  2. Latest case law and regulatory developments regarding telecommuting, reassignment, predictable shifts and leaves of absence as reasonable accommodations
  3. Evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations
  4. Best practices for minimizing and defending claims


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How are the EEOC and courts addressing disputes concerning telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?
  • How are the courts addressing leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?
  • How should an employer respond to an employee’s request for a reassignment as a reasonable accommodation?
  • What are some effective approaches for employers defending employee suits challenging denials of requests for reasonable accommodations?
  • Under what conditions might a delay in implementing an accommodation constitute a constructive discharge?


Mook, Jonathan
Jonathan R. Mook


Mr. Mook is a nationally recognized authority on the ADA and is the author of two treatises, “Americans with...  |  Read More

Furer Stahr, Julie
Julie Furer Stahr

Schiff Hardin

Ms. Stahr is an advisor and litigator for clients large and small who want effective, real-world counsel and solutions...  |  Read More

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