Professor Kat Macfarlane Provides Guidance on a Sensitive Question About Workplace Accommodations

In a recent New York Times Magazine The Ethicist column, a reader submitted a question: My Disabled Colleague Is Struggling at Work. Am I Responsible for Her Care?

Professor Kat Macfarlane, director of the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program, provided some insight and guidance in helping to answer the question. Macfarlane notes that “that people with disabilities may hold on to a position because they need the health care benefits that come with it.” The response says “Managers would do well to consult with your colleague to figure out ways of accommodating her limitations without imposing a hardship on other employees.”

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