problems with workplace finger scanner

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problems with workplace finger scanner

I have been having trouble with my fingers being scanned at the new timeclock for work. I have really dry skin and/or tough to read prints. While this would be an asset if I were a criminal, I am a humble accountant at a hotel in Telluride. I have offered to report my hours like I used to, but they are not allowing it. they are new owners of the hotel, prior employing firm had no problem with it I want to know if I have protection against termination under the ADA/EEOC? Are they obligated to provide this ‘reasonable accomodation’ for my dry skin condition?

Asked on January 25, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

They most likely do not need to provide an accommodation. A disability is a conition which has a significant or material--that is, a large--impact on normal life functions: movement, communication, cognition, senses, etc. Dry skin and difficult-to-read fingerprints does not seem to have a significant-enough life impact as to qualify as a "disability" under the ADA.

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