Accommodating deaf workers
What are some of the reasonable accommodations the company could have provided to the deaf employee?
Employers with 15 or more employees working 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year are covered under Title I.For more information about federal employees, see Federal Employees.If you work for a private company (a for-profit or non-profit business) or for a state or local government agency, the following information is for you.The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits 1 or more major life activities.Even if individuals with disabilities use hearing aids, prosthetics, medication, or other measures that mitigate symptoms of their disabilities, they are still protected under the ADA.Employers have a legal obligation to make reasonable accommodations that enable employees with disabilities, including hearing loss, to be successful in the workplace.
People with hearing loss are among the 49.7 million Americans who have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If an employer determines that the cost of a reasonable accommodation would cause an undue hardship, he or she should consider whether some or all of the accommodation’s cost can be offset.
For example, in some instances, state vocational rehabilitation agencies or disability organizations may be able to provide accommodations at little or no cost to the employer.
Hearing loss is the 2nd most prevalent health issue around the world; in the US, about 1 in 5 people, and 3 in 5 combat veterans, have some amount of hearing loss .
Managers or supervisors will inevitably have an employee who has some degree of hearing loss.
It also includes those accommodations that are necessary to provide you with access to informal information communicated in the workplace, the opportunity to participate in employer-sponsored events (e.g., training, meetings, social events, award ceremonies), and the opportunity for professional advancement.