- Are you stressed about keeping your job because you have a chronic illness?
- Are you pre-occupied with the thought of loosing your job?
- Are you worried about your job becoming redundant?
- Are your hours being reduced because you’re seen as “unreliable”?
If you are worried about one or more of the above worry no more as there are supports available to help you. Under the Human Rights Commission there is a policy and Guidelines on disability and the duty to accommodate. “In 1989, the OHRC published its Guidelines on Assessing Accommodation Requirements for Persons with Disabilities. On average, 30 – 50% of human rights claims cite the ground of disability. Most are in the area of employment…..” (Obtained from Ontario Human Rights Commission website).
What is Accommodation?
Accommodation means that the terms and conditions of the workplace or functions of a job may have to be changed based on a person’s disability. The Employer must make work easier to allow employee to perform essential tasks/duties; they cannot say it is inconvenience nor has financial cost. (Obtained from Ontario Human Rights Commission website).
The right to be accommodated is well established in Canadian Law and it is the duty of the employer and union to assist workers.
Examples of Accommodation
A typical concern from patients is the feeling that they are being “penalized for being sick”. For example, they returned to work after several days or weeks of Hospitalization and found their hours reduced. If an employer does not have a valid reason for this change it can be interpreted as discrimination; although an employer may not think it is discrimination. However, the Ontario Human Rights Commission is set up to further investigate these matters so please do not hesitate to contact them.
The key question is: Can I perform the essential duty of my job with my disability?
You may just need a little support, i.e. sit near the bathroom, an ergonomic chair, a different computer or frequent breaks. There is no formula for accommodation because each person has unique needs and it is important to consult with the person involved.
Accommodation is a process and is a matter of degree, rather than an all-or-nothing proposition, and can be seen as a continuum. The most important thing is that your need as a person with disabilities is accommodated in a manner that is respectful of your dignity. (Obtained from Ontario Human Rights Commission website).
Please reach out to your family doctor or other community provider you are connected to.
Human Rights at (416) 326-9511 or 1-866-625-5197 or visit their website