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Reasonable adjustments at work

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sceneparade
sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
edited November 2020 in Work and employment
I have applied for a job and successfully completed the application process. I begin my new job in a transportation company in two weeks time. However, I have an ASD diagnosis and would like to ask my new employer for adjustments to help me succeed at work. The following are adjustments I would like to request from my employer: 

First, I would like to request late shifts. My employer has early, middle and late shifts, which everybody has to do depending on the scheduled rota. However, I like routines and would like to only do lates. 

Secondly, I would like a parking space within the grounds of the employer. There are parking spaces but it is a first come first served basis. I would like to have a space kept for me for the days and times I work. This would make me feel less stressed about finding a space to park if none are available on site. 

Thirdly, I am particular with the type of clothing I wear. For example, I like to wear particular shoes. 

Fourthly, I would like to have a set duty. 

Finally, I like to be given instructions that are made clear and allowed to get on with it without interruptions. I work best when given a job and allowed to follow it alone. 

I am able to obtain written evidence from my doctor and specialists to support my application for reasonable adjustments under the Equalities Act 2010. 

Are the above adjustments reasonable adjustments I can request with my new employer? The above doesn't cost the employer any money. 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi did you discuss any of this during your application 

    All you can do is request them and they have to consider them and give reason if they cant accommodate 

    They are reasonable but that depends on how reasonable they are to your new employer . They may want you to try and see how things go before considering 
  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
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    Hi, it was on my application for a medical I had to take, The doctor carrying out the medical didn't seem to bothered by the diagnosis. He just made sure I was fine physically. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    All you can do is request them and see 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,900 Disability Gamechanger
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    I think some employers would not see your demands as essential, sorry that's not what you want to hear, if you want to demand your request then in all fairness you should discuss them before you start rather than turning up on the day with a shopping list of "reasonable adjustments"
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  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
    edited September 2020
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    Why would they not be essential? So people with disabilities have no rights under the equalities act?

    My disability requires set routines. 

    According to the Equalities act 2010, flexible working hours is considered 'reasonable.' Plus I would have my doctor write to them about adjustments they need to make - as she is the expert and would know.

    It gives advice here on what is reasonable and includes flexible hours

    https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/reasonable-adjustments-at-work/


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are asking for a lot more than just flexible hours and it is fixed shifts you are wanting which may not fit in with their pattern 

    Who will do the other shifts you cant do 

    Just playing devils advocate here and what you might come up against 
  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
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    Apparently, there are about 300 other employees, so shouldn't be a problem for them. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Good luck hope it works out and let us know the outcome
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Posts: 10,586 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @sceneparade, just wanted to check in to see how things were going. :)

    I hope your employer was understanding.
    Scope

  • GrandmaRosy
    GrandmaRosy Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    I think your request is reasonable.  If they do not you have re-dress under the act but unfortunately one man's reasonableness is not another's. However, it is great to highlight the issues and make sure these are shouted always.  I hope you succeed you do deserve this.
  • Deresha
    Deresha Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    An an employer, I do accommodate for set shifts on request. It’s not difficult to do. I have a lady with MH problems. Her medication made it difficult to get up in the morning.  It was in my interest not to put her on early shifts.

    Clothing and tasks, however, would be difficult or actually impossible to implement and would be case specific. I do have a lady who’s eyesight is dodgy to say the least - there is no reasonable adjustment in place - but I don’t ask her to do the stock taking.

    without interruption would possibly go against business objectives and protocols. 

    these things being sprung on me in the first week of employment however, wouldn’t impress me I have to say. I much prefer upfront conversations at interview.
    Widow/Mum to a child who is ventilator dependent via tracheostomy, he is deaf and autistic, and homeschooled.
  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
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    @Deresha

    I included it in my application, but it was never brought up in the medical assessment. The doctor didn't seem too bothered by it - he was more concerned with blood pressure, epilepsy, heart problems etc. 

    I have my induction on the 21st October, and probably start the following Monday. Should I mention it during the induction, before I begin the following Monday?
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Connected
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    I would've done, if they still say no then by rights you could, and should IMO, take them to the cleaners under the 2010 Equality Act for direct discriminaition.

    ASD is a disability under the Act, the problem is that outside of people who need to know, such as medical professionals, almost nobody knows about it and anyone that does can find it a little scary, in my experiencee it can be an instant "Red Flag" to a potential employer and they'll bin your form on principle! Illegal but what can you do about it?


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,506 Disability Gamechanger
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    How have you found it so far @sceneparade
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  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
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    I started work last week and handed them a letter from my doctor backing up my disability and they agreed to the reasonable adjustment requests. However, the manager ordered me to wear shoes and not trainers, despite having tactile sensory issues regarding needing to wear trainers. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,928 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are shoes needed for safety reasons?
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • sceneparade
    sceneparade Community member Posts: 95 Courageous
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    They are dangerous, in my and others opinion. 

    However, other employees that have disabilities have been allowed alternative footwear to shoes. 
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