Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy's
Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fibromyalgia
JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.
Is a FMS/CFS a disability under the ADA?
The ADA does not contain a list of medical conditions that constitute disabilities. Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet (EEOC, 1992). Therefore, some people with FMS will have a disability under the ADA and some will not.
A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment (EEOC, 1992). For more information about how to determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA, visit http://askjan.org/corner/vol02iss04.htm.
This a quick overview of some of the job accommodations that might be useful for people with Fibromyalgia and CFS. For a more in depth discussion, access JAN's publications at http://askjan.org/media/atoz.htm. To discuss an accommodation situation with a consultant, contact JAN directly.
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