By Bill Wright
Reminder: sometimes an easy solution is a reasonable accommodation. In a recent case, an employee suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee asked for free on-site parking at her workplace. Feist v. Louisiana, No. 12-31065 (5th Cir. September 16, 2013). The public employer apparently denied the request; we don’t know why. On appeal, the court allowed a failure to accommodate claim to move forward, noting that the ADA also requires reasonable accommodations that allow employees to enjoy the same benefits of employment. What we don’t know from the published account of this case is whether the public employer had parking available for the employee, whether it would be reasonable to provide free parking, or whether it would have been an undue burden to provide free on-site parking. Let’s hope the employer considered all those issues in the first place.