Reasonable Accommodation

The term reasonable accommodation has recently become a part of the public imagination at national and international levels, in particular as connected with requests for accommodations based on creed or religion. The term itself has gone from being relatively unknown to publicly debated and seen as a source of contention. Both reasonable and accommodation are problematized and considered to be embedded with assumptions and privilege. Prior to an analysis of this contemporary (and narrow) understanding of reasonable accommodation, a bit of history on the genesis of the legal tool is warranted.

In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, the use of reasonable accommodation within an employment context is primarily associated with providing accommodations to employees based on disability and accessibility needs. The U.S. Equal ...

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