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frankgonzalez  
#1 Posted : Friday, November 19, 2021 9:48:33 AM(UTC)
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Hello. I hope this is allowed to be asked in this category. I can't find any rule, policy or law outlining my concern. I have quite a few disabilities but didn't list them when I was hired years ago. As I get older the ailments progress and I was going to request a reasonable accommodation. If I request a accommodation will I be separated or forced to retire if they feel all my disabilities impact my duties? I had my PCM fill out the form and she listed all my disabilities and symptoms. But I don't have symptoms occurring simultaneously. My performance is fine. I didn't want my boss to start suggesting other accommodations or because I have a physically demanding job, suddenly fire me based off my diagnosis or symptoms. The RA I am requesting is noise cancelling headphones. Can my boss suggest anything else? Or worse do a fitness for duty evaluation? Or will my request be the only accommodation being decided? Any help will be great or if you can point me to the EEOC guidance. Thank you kindly.
Other accommodations can be considered by the supervisor...however, they need to be what you need to do your job. As a result, it is advised to consider what the employee is requesting first.

The law you need to look at is the Rehabilitation Act (as amended by the ADA Amendments Act). An Accommodation should enable you to do your job or access the privileges of your employment (ie a gym or training, etc). Requesting an accommodation is a right, and the process is not complicated. Depending on your agency, the POC may be EEO or in HR (my current and previous agencies the EEO office was the POC).



You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#2 Posted : Monday, December 13, 2021 7:58:02 AM(UTC)
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Wondering if anyone has heard how RAs are going in regards of giving / receiving approval.

To clarify, i’m not seeking accommodation as I am in compliance- but wondering how it is shaking out at other agencies.
frankgonzalez  
#3 Posted : Monday, December 13, 2021 8:47:40 AM(UTC)
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Wondering if anyone has heard how RAs are going in regards of giving / receiving approval.

To clarify, i’m not seeking accommodation as I am in compliance- but wondering how it is shaking out at other agencies.
Depends on each requesters specifics.

Unless you have a more detailed question (ie are you referring to RAs in relation to the Covid19 Vaccine?), this is as accurate as anyone can give.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#4 Posted : Monday, December 13, 2021 10:02:03 AM(UTC)
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If you ask for a RA and they can’t give you one, then it’s a Disability Retirement from FERS.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1:58:40 AM(UTC)
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If you ask for a RA and they can’t give you one, then it’s a Disability Retirement from FERS.
You can file an application for OPM Disability Retirement if your R.A. isn't granted or working out for you & you are unable to perform one or more of the critical functions of your job. There is no automatic D.R. issued to those who ask for an R.A.?
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Never said automatic. If you cannot be given a RA for a disability, your next step would be to apply for FERS Disability Retirement. I say this because a disability retirement will go through the RA coordinator to see if they can move you before they retire you. So, if you don’t get the RA, which you should if you have a true disability or they don’t have anywhere to put you, it then becomes your responsibility to initiate retirement. If you don’t ask for retirement because of the disability, it then looks like you were lying about your ability to work without a RA. Then you’ve got eyes on you. Just saying. Don’t take my word for it, though. I’m merely a Jesuit educated liberal arts hippie. I could be wrong.
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Originally Posted by: frankgonzalez Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: ULB Go to Quoted Post
Wondering if anyone has heard how RAs are going in regards of giving / receiving approval.

To clarify, i’m not seeking accommodation as I am in compliance- but wondering how it is shaking out at other agencies.
Depends on each requesters specifics.

Unless you have a more detailed question (ie are you referring to RAs in relation to the Covid19 Vaccine?), this is as accurate as anyone can give.



Apologize, yes. I was inquiring about RA specifically regarding COVID Vaccine exceptions.
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