3.035 - Reasonable Accommodation (ADA)

Effective Date: 03/01/18


The Department will accommodate employees in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit

1. Employees Request a Reasonable Accommodation

Employees may give an oral or written request for a reasonable accommodation to a supervisor or the Human Resources Section.  The reasonable accommodation process begins when the request is made.

If the request is made orally to a supervisor, the supervisor or employee will complete a written request and forward the request to the Human Resources Section as soon as practical. (Also see: Seattle Department of Human Resources, ADA Resource Guide and Procedures for Providing Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals With Disabilities

The written request includes:

- Identification and a brief history of the employee’s disability,

- A description of the accommodation(s) that the employee is seeking, and

- All relevant documentation, including any attending physician’s report describing the disability and the accommodation(s) required.

The Human Resources Section will contact the requesting employee and proceed appropriately.