I have been juggling several accommodation requests this month. It’s not quite driven me nuts. In the interest of helping me keep my sanity, I’d like you to tell me the strangest accommodation request you’ve handled.
— Curious But Not Crazy (Yet)
Why stop at one? Here in no particular order is a top ten list based on my experiences guiding supervisors through accommodation requests – for both disabilities and religion.
— Evil Skippy
Evil Skippy’s Ten Most Memorable Accommodation Requests
- The pious woman who wanted all employees to be prohibited from wearing anything red to work because it is Satanic.
- The mobility-impaired employee who asked for valet parking instead of a designated parking space.
- The employee who asked to bring her pet chicken to work because it calmed her down “despite its chronic diarrhea.” (Ewwww and TMI.)
- The employee who wanted to travel only in First Class because anything else would further damage the self-esteem problems for which he was being treated.
- The male employee who asked to go shirtless in the office because of a skin condition.
- The depressed employee who sought a prohibition against saying “Good Morning” because it reminded her that she was depressed.
- The employee who asked for a year off with pay as a religious accommodation because God told him in a dream that it would happen. (It didn’t.)
- The employee with back problems who asked his employer to provide a new mattress for him because it was the only way he would get a good night’s sleep and be alert for work.
- The self-proclaimed Wiccan woman who wanted to bring her magical cat to work because it would allow her to do her job while being protected from evil forces.
- The man with a serious anger management problem who asked that while he was undergoing counseling and until he was cured, employees be told to “just ignore” his daily outbursts (which had included throwing his phone across the room, kicking over a chair and punching a hole in the wall).