GREAT FALLS — With COVID-19 changing work environments, people with disabilities and underlying medical issues are worried about their ability to perform their jobs.
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides support with facts to regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is a federal civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination in all areas of employment, business, and government.
Emily Shuman, who's the deputy director for the center, says she's always getting calls from employees and employers, especially questions related to employment, and what their rights are when it comes to protecting themselves.
"If it's an acceptable accommodation to ask an employer to have them work from home if they are worried about contracting the coronavirus, (then) we have a resources page on our website."
She also said people who are considered essential or having a compromised immune system are calling because they want to make sure they will be able to look at accommodations.
"But of course, we get the employer saying I have an employee that's just asked me for this accommodation do I need to grant that or what's the process with that? I think that's people's main concern and making sure they stayed employed but also protected themselves and their family there is a lot to untangle."
If you would like to find out more on what ADA can do to help during this time as a worker or an employee, click here to visit the website.