What are my employers obligations If I am injured and can not return to my job.

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What are my employers obligations If I am injured and can not return to my job.

I have injured my foot due to what I’ve been told by my doctor is a repetitive
motion injury. Partially torn ligament and tendons plus other damage . The doctor
is telling me I should probably not return to my position , which is quite
physical and involves a lot of bending, kneeling, squatting, etc. He recommends
I should try to find a less physical position. I have been on short term
disability for four months. I would like to know if my employer is required to
find me a new position in the company? a world famous beverage company Or
is it my responsibility to find new work? I am 55 years old too.

Asked on February 15, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, employer has no legal obligation to find or create for you a new position--they could, of course, if they chose to do so, but such a choice would be purely voluntary for them. When you cannot do your job, even with some "reasonable accommodation" (some change in procedure, or provision of assistive devices, which is not too expensive or disruptitve for the employer), the employer may terminate you; the law does not make employers keep employees do cannot do their jobs.

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