DoDEA recognize that applicants have a right to full and fair consideration for job vacancies. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability in all aspects of the employment relationship to include terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The Rehabilitation Act also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, in order to enable an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. The information below provides basic information about employee rights under various federal laws and regulations.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states, “A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. While there are some things that are not considered reasonable accommodations (e.g., removal of an essential job function or personal use items such as a hearing aid that is needed on and off the job), reasonable accommodations can cover most things that enable an individual to apply for a job, perform a job, or have equal access to the workplace and employee benefits such as kitchens, parking lots, and office events.” Some common types of accommodations include, but are not limited to sit-to-stand desk, telework, assistive technology and software.”
On January 3, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule amending the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amended regulations require federal agencies, as an affirmative obligation, to provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS), absent undue hardship, to individuals who need them because of their targeted disability. PAS means assistance with performing activities of daily living that an individual would typically perform if he or she did not have a disability, such as eating and using the restroom. Agencies are only required to provide PAS when the individual is working or on work-related travel.
For more information contact a regional DoDEA Disability and Diversity Program Manager.