Court of Appeal sets key precedent for reasonable accommodation

Staff with disabilities must be given a chance to stay in the workplace, but how far does an employer have to go?

The Court of Appeal has clarified the extent of an employer’s duty to “reasonably accommodate” an employee who suffers from a disability.

Irish law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of disability. The concept of a “disability” is extremely broad, and can include conditions such as autism, dyslexia, cancer, HIV and alcoholism.

The law also requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodation” in certain circumstances. This obligation is triggered where “appropriate measures” would enable an ...