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Chapter 20. Recruiting Candidates from O... > Sources of Applicants - Pg. 268

Recruiting Candidates from Outside the Company 268 elevator or a ramp to give access to the floor on which the job is located may be a financial hardship. Because of this undue hardship, the company could, if it cannot provide a less expensive accom- modation, reject the applicant . If the same applicant applied for a job in a more affluent company, however, it may not be considered undue hardship to do the necessary construction. Accommodation doesn't always require expensive construction. The hypothetical examples in this list examine some other ways to meet this requirement: · The small company you work for wants to hire a highly qualified accountant, but there's a prob- lem. The applicant uses a wheelchair. The accounting department is on the second floor of the building, which has no elevator or ramp. Constructing one would cost more than the company can afford. This is considered to be an undue hardship for the company. You are not required to go to that expense. However, the company may be able to accommodate this person in a less expensive way. Use your imagination. Why not let him work on the ground floor? His work could be brought to him. It may be an inconvenience, but it would qualify as reasonable accom- modation, and it would enable you to hire this particular competent accountant. · A highly skilled word processor operator is legally blind and walks with the aid of a white cane. She can transcribe from dictated material faster and more accurately than many sighted people. You want to hire her, but you're concerned that in case of a fire or other emergency she would be a danger to herself and others. The accommodation you can make is to assign someone to escort her in case of an emergency. · An assembler in a factory was badly injured in an automobile accident. His job requires him to stand at a workbench all day. When he returned to work, he was unable to stand for long periods. His team leader sent him home and told him that until he was able to perform the work as he had before, he could not return. The leader was wrong. Accommodations should have been made. Perhaps a high stool could have been provided so that the employee could reach the workbench without having to stand. If that option wasn't feasible, his hours might have been