As our Colorado readers may have seen in our previous post here, an employer's requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or potential employee who suffers from a disability is one of the most important aspects of the protections afforded under the ADA. The failure to provide reasonable accommodations could result in an employment discrimination lawsuit. For a former employee at Ford Motor Co., this is exactly what happened.
According to a recent report, the former employee, who was employed at the management level of the American car giant, suffers from irritable bowel syndrome. Back in 2009, while she was still employed, this woman reportedly put in a request to be allowed to telecommute four days per week - performing most of her duties via communication through telephones and computers. The woman claimed that this would be a reasonable accommodation for her purported disability. Ford Motor Co. refused the request, and the woman was later fired for "poor performance."