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Sixth Circuit Rules on Telecommuting as Reasonable Accommodation

Yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., deciding in favor of an employee who requested to telecommute to work for medical reasons.

The Ohio Employer’s Law Blog has this summary of the case, where a key issue was whether physical presence was an essential function of the employee’s job:

Yesterday, in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., the 6th Circuit, for the first time, recognized that modern technology is making telecommuting a realistic reasonable accommodation option. . . . 

“[W]e are not rejecting the long line of precedent recognizing predictable attendance as an essential function of most jobs.… We are merely recognizing that, given the state of modern technology, it is no longer the case that jobs suitable for telecommuting are “extraordinary” or “unusual.” … [C]ommunications technology has advanced to the point that it is no longer an “unusual case where an employee can effectively perform all work-related duties from home.” 

For more, visit the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog.

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