What to do if I 95% of my data entry work is from a laptop so I’m behind it 8 hours a day therefore I’ve requested reasonable accommodation (desk/chair) but have been denied?

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What to do if I 95% of my data entry work is from a laptop so I’m behind it 8 hours a day therefore I’ve requested reasonable accommodation (desk/chair) but have been denied?

I am instead forced to sit at a very low table and a non-computer task chair, so I am hunched over my computer in a very uncomfortable position all day. Sometimes I am forced to work elsewhere when the table and chair I use is needed for a meeting. Others who were hired before and after me and who have less computer work are given desks. Can I do anything?

Asked on January 25, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

IF you have medical evidence (e.g. a report from a doctor) supporting that you have a *specific* diagnosable medical condition which is made worse by or exacerbated by working at a low table and that you need, for medical reasons, a desk, then the employer would most likely have to accommodate you. But in the absence of a medical diagnosis of a condition and a doctor's recommendation that you need a certain accommodation (and that accommodation is, as this one would seem to be, is reasonable), the employer can make your phsyical working conditions whatever it wants.


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