When an employee returns to work after getting a kidney transplant, the ADA requires employers to reasonably accommodate them.

One employer didn’t even try to, and ended up in court.

Accommodation requests denied

Michael Fisher worked at Nissan North America when he needed a kidney transplant. He took time off to get the surgery. When Fisher’s leave was up, management told him he could only return to his position without restrictions.

Fisher returned to his job, but found it difficult to
complete as he was still recovering from the surgery. He started having
attendance issues, and Nissan wrote him up.

Fisher was open about his difficulties and requested several
accommodations, including a transfer, extra bathroom breaks or a temporary
part-time schedule. Nissan refused to grant any of his suggestions, and Fisher
was fired for absenteeism.

He sued for disability discrimination, and the 6th Circuit
ruled in Fisher’s favor.

The court said Nissan pressured Fisher to return before he
recovered and refused to accommodate him. The company didn’t participate in the
interactive process either, which is a violation of the ADA.

When a disabled employee has a reasonable accommodation
request, it’s usually best to grant it.

Cite: Fisher v. Nissan North America, 2/27/20.

Additional resources

The Premier Learning Solutions webinar, Coronavirus & Influenza: Obligations Under FMLA, ADA, Title VII & More, on Tuesday, March 31 at 1 PM. Join Dr. Jim Castagnera, labor and employment attorney with 36 years of experience, as he explains what employee-related actions the ADA, FMLA, and other relevant federal regulations permit employers to take before, during, and in the aftermath of an outbreak.

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