Alana675 wrote:Thankyou so much for your reply Camelidae,
He has been very depressed, telling me he is a failure and will never be able to succeed at anything. They have told him they are investigating his work and will let him know what the outcome will be with his job. So far we have heard nothing. He is on ritalin, Zoloft and another psych drug, I think Buspar and was formally diagnosed with ADHD and aspergers last year. He said he told one of our supervisors but never submitted any documentation to back that up. Legally can they fire him if he has a documented disability? His performance as a social worker is wonderful, the families and patients love him. It is the paperwork trail that gets him in a serious bind. His therapist is working on the legal aspect in the event that he is fired from work. I feel so lost and unable to help, there is nothing I can say to help. This all began when we got a new supervisor, he is a hard nose and very difficult to communicate with. Before that my boyfriend was getting by with warnings and able to keep up. He is such a wonderful man, no matter what the outcome I am standing by him. I just hope he doesn't shut me out if things go badly.
The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer ("undue hardship").
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment (or in the way things are usually done) to help a person with a disability apply for a job, perform the duties of a job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment.
Reasonable accommodation might include, for example, making the workplace accessible for wheelchair users or providing a reader or interpreter for someone who is blind or hearing impaired.
An employer doesn't have to provide an accommodation if doing so would cause undue hardship to the employer.
Undue hardship means that the accommodation would be too difficult or too expensive to provide, in light of the employer's size, financial resources, and the needs of the business. An employer may not refuse to provide an accommodation just because it involves some cost. An employer does not have to provide the exact accommodation the employee or job applicant wants. If more than one accommodation works, the employer may choose which one to provide.
Alana675 wrote:Thankyou both for your replies.....
Cameledae, he did not tell them he has ADD or Aspergers, he only told one supervisor, but never put anything in writing or formally.
Zausel, thankyou for the information on the disability act. I am not making excuses for his lack of productivity with paperwork. I do not agree that he is costing the company more money, he does get the paperwork in, and had been doing better. The problem started when he put the wrong name on a form. I've done it myself, and it was as simple as re-submitting the form, we all see a number of patients in a day. His performance as a social worker has always been outstanding, and the patients and families love him. Our new manager is Indian, his verbal skills are poor and all of us are having a hard time interracting with him. There is more going on here than just the issues with paperwork, this new manager has no idea how to relate to people. Several on the team are considering leaving the company now.
Strangely, my boyfriend has been suspended since last Tuesday, I would think they would have let him go by now???? They told him they are investigating his work. The waiting alone is very difficult for him, he is working with his therapists for the legal aspect, as well as to have someone to talk to. That and I am glad he is able to express his feelings to me and know he can trust me for support. He is filing disability paperwork and preparing to submit documentation to our company if needed.
Anyway, thankyou for the information, and I will keep everyone posted. Alana
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