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Reasonable Accomodation for stress?

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  • Reasonable Accomodation for stress?

    I have an employee that is unwilling or medically unable to be supervised by me because of stress. She claims, stress that I have caused her when confronting her regarding misconduct. As I understand it, changing supervisors is not a reasonable accomodation. Are there cases supporting this? Advice?

    I am a federal gov't supervisor in Michigan.

    Thanks, Jason

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    Whether or not changing supervisors can be a reasonable accomodation is situation specific. If there is another supervisor that she can be switched to without causing any business difficulties there's no reason you can't do it.

    However, that's getting way, way ahead of the situation. It sounds more to me as if, having been accused of misconduct, the employee is trying to get out of trouble by claiming stress under the mistaken belief that this will in some way protect her job and/or her employment without having to take responsibility for her actions. Does this sound like an accurate assessment of the situation? If so, she's in for a big surprise (and she isn't going to like it).

    Please provide additional detail.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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