What is “the duty to accommodate” mean for employers?

Human rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability.  If an employee suffers from such a disability to the extent that it affects their ability to fulfil her job duties,  the employer is required to accommodate that employee up to the point of undue hardship.  This means that employers must make reasonable attempts to modify the work site, the nature of the duties to be performed or change certain conditions or hours of work so as to allow the employee to continue to work. 


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