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VA Worker’s Appeal Over Memory Loss Accommodation Requests Fails

Sept. 11, 2020, 8:57 PM

The Veterans Affairs Department accommodated an employee’s memory loss issues whenever he properly requested help including by ensuring he could take notes and providing him with additional training, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday.

Any shortcomings in the assistance Kenneth Palmer received were of his own making, the court said, rejecting his claims under the Rehabilitation Act.

A federal employer’s duty under the law to provide a disabled worker with a reasonable accommodation isn’t triggered until the employee seeks it, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said in an unpublished ruling.

Palmer, a veterans service representative in the...

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