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American Disability Act

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An accounting firm has just contacted your consulting business for assistance. They want to hire someone to do accounting and payroll. The bookstore is downstairs, while the office is upstairs in an older building. The essential functions of the job include operating a computer, maintaining a ledger, providing the owner with financial statements, completing tax returns, paying bills and employees, and balancing the bank statements. The desk for this is at the top of a flight of 24 steps. There is no elevator and the building is too old to be ADA compliant. The firm is struggling financially, but hopes to increase sales as a new coffee shop just opened next door. The most qualified applicant to their advertisement has just come into the bookstore in a wheelchair.

Choose a delivery style that you will implement when delivering your recommendations to the accounting firm. Be sure to discuss whether this candidate is capable of performing the essential functions of this job from a wheelchair. Analyze and critically discuss the issue of reasonable accommodation. What does the law say? Could the employer make a reasonable accommodation here to hire the best candidate for this job? How could they do that considering their tight finances?

Find a court case on ADA that has reached a verdict, how did the court case interpret the law as written?

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The person with the disability has appeared for the interview because he feels that accounting and payroll services can be performed by him. The job of operating a computer, maintaining a ledger, providing the owner with financial statements, completing tax returns, paying bills and employees, and balancing the bank statements can all be performed by him. However, what the applicant cannot do is to reach the desk for this job which is at the top of a flight of 24 steps.
The reasonable accommodation requirement of ADA is that equal opportunity should be provided in the application process, to enable the qualified individual with disability to perform the essential functions of the job, and to enable the employee with disability to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment. These accommodations are to be made if the provision of accommodation could be done ...

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The response provides you a structured explanation of the accommodations that need to be made for disabled persons. It also gives you the relevant references.

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