Any employee who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their job, enjoy an equal employment opportunity, and/or obtain equal job benefits should contact Human Resources to request such an accommodation. Human Resources will communicate with the employee and engage in an interactive process to determine the nature of the issue and what, if any, reasonable accommodation(s) may be appropriate. In some cases, this interactive process may be triggered without a request from the employee, such as when SDSURF receives notice from its own observation or another source that a medical impairment may be impacting the employee’s ability to perform essential job functions.
Employees who believe they need an accommodation must specify, preferably in writing, what barriers or limitations prompted the request. SDSURF will evaluate information obtained from the employee, and possibly the employee’s health care provider or another appropriate health care provider, regarding any reported or apparent barriers or limitations, and will then work with the employee to identify possible accommodations, if any, that will help to eliminate or otherwise address the barrier(s) or limitation(s). If an identified accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship on SDSURF and/or a direct threat to the health and/or safety of the individual or others, SDSURF will generally make the accommodation, or it may propose another reasonable accommodation which may also be effective. Employees are required to cooperate with this process by providing all necessary documentation supporting the need for accommodation and being willing to consider alternative accommodations when applicable.
SDSURF will also consider requests for reasonable accommodations for medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and lactation where supported by medical documentation and/or as required by applicable federal, state or local law.
Employees who wish to request unpaid time away from work to accommodate a disability should speak to Human Resources.
SDSURF will not retaliate or otherwise discriminate against an employee or applicant who requests an accommodation in accordance with this policy.
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