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Accommodating Food Allergies in the Workplace

"Once an employee establishes that he or she suffers from a food allergy, which is considered a disability under current federal law, the employer is obligated to engage in an "interactive process" with the employee to discuss whether there is a reasonable accommodation that would enable the employee to perform the essential functions of his or her position.

Most employers do not currently have policies or procedures in place for managing employees with food allergies; soon, they will have no choice.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has now taken the position that allergies which produce life-threatening reactions are per se substantially limiting under the ADA."


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Kids With Food Allergies
A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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