Understanding Accommodations: Navigating the Complexities of the ADA with Lorrie Coffey

February 13, 2024

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In this episode of the HR Mixtape podcast, host Shari Simpson interviews Lorrie Coffey, an expert in HR and ADA compliance. They discuss the challenges and misconceptions surrounding accommodations in the workplace. Three key takeaways from the episode are:

Key Ideas:

  1. The fear and complexity surrounding ADA compliance: Employers often feel overwhelmed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to its complexity and the potential consequences of non-compliance.
  2. Myths and misconceptions about ADA: There are many myths surrounding ADA, such as the belief employers cannot terminate employees with disabilities or that accommodations are always costly. In reality, accommodations can be low-cost or even free, and termination is possible if an individual is not qualified for the role.
  3. The importance of understanding essential functions and qualified individuals: Employers need to accurately determine the essential functions of a role and assess whether an individual is qualified for the position. It is crucial to engage in an interactive dialogue with employees to find effective accommodations and avoid potential legal issues.

Lorrie Coffey is a Talent Management Consultant specializing in strategic human resources planning and infrastructure. She helps organizations foster strong working relationships that meet the needs of employees while advancing the goals of the organization.


Shari Simpson

Senior Manager Thought Leadership

Lorrie Coffey

Talent Management Consultant
Horizon Point Consulting, Inc.

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