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The Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A. 12101, and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. 10:5-1, require employers make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. In a health care setting, particularly for employees with patient care duties, patient safety is a paramount concern which often curtails the disabled employee’s entitlement to accommodations. Courts struggle with determining what accommodations are reasonable and when a disabled employee poses a threat to patient safety such that no accommodation can be made. However, the trend heavily favors health care providers where patient safety is demonstrated to be a concern.

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