Does my employer have to honor the restrictions that my doctor has placed on me?

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Does my employer have to honor the restrictions that my doctor has placed on me?

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Asked on October 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The issue is, just how disruptive are the restrictions to your core job duties? An employer is prohibited from discriminating against a worker due to a disability. This may mean making reasonable accomodations. A "reasonable accomodation" is one which does not cost too much money and/or is not too disruptive to the employer. If the requested accomodation requires that the employee be placed in a different job than the one that they were hired to do, and/or makes it impossible for them to effectively perform their duties, the company may not have to honor the requested restriction. Bottom line, the specific facts of your situation will control. Accordingly, you should meet with an employment law attorney who can go over the details of the matter with you and advise you accordingly.


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