Does my employee have to offer light duty even if my injury was not work related

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Does my employee have to offer light duty even if my injury was not work related

Fractured 5th metatarsal. Need to wear an ortho boot need sedentary work my
employer says they have none. Im a nurse

Asked on December 28, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, an employer does not need to offer light duty. While an employer must make "reasonable accommodations to an employee's injuries or medical conditions, the employee must still be able to do the core functions or duties of her job. If she cannot, she may be terminated. So if the core functions of your job are not sedantary work but rather require movement, possibly lifting, etc., the employer can require you to do those things--and terminate you if you cannot.

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