The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) serves as New York University’s (NYU) coordinator for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and evaluates employee requests for workplace accommodation. Reasonable accommodations are modifications made to remove workplace barriers and enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform their jobs.
The interactive process of requesting reasonable accommodations, in writing or verbally, can be initiated by an employee or applicant, or by someone acting on that person’s behalf. Requests for accommodation are often made by an employee’s manager or a hiring official during the selection process.
When a request is made, the OEO secures and reviews the employee’s medical documentation in support of the request, and then makes a recommendation based on the health care provider’s suggested accommodation. Accommodations under the ADA can require NYU to consider ways of altering the manner in which a job is done in order to allow a disabled employee to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Employees with questions, or those wishing to request a workplace accommodation, may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (212) 998-2375.