Can my workplace make me do a job that my doctor has restricted me from doing?
Question Details: I am a cashier where I work and I have severe vertigo especially when I turn to the left a lot. So my doctor has restricted me from running any register where I have to turn to the left all day. I have only one register where I work that requires this. I have been on this register before and have gotten so dizzy that I have fallen down. I have gotten several written notes from my doctor stating that I cannot run this register. Can my workplace force me to run this register or not? What can I do if I'm forced to run this register again and I fall and hurt myself? What are my options?
An employer must make "reasonsble accommodations" to employee medical conditions. A reasonable accommodation is a change at work that is not too costly or disruptive for the employer and which lets you do your job. If they have registers that do not require a left turn, then it is reasonable to have to work those registers and not the one that makes you turn to the left; it therefore would be a reasonable accommodation to only put you on the non-left registers. If they refuse to do this, they may be violating the anti-disability discrimination laws and you could contact the federal EEOC or your state's equal/civil rights agency to file a complaint.