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Disability Parking at work

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I am having an ongoing problem with work when the handicapped parking is full. If you get there after 9 am-it is always full. Today I was there at 8 am and had to drive around for 1/2 hour until someone left the parking lot where the front door is - the ramp is there and it is the only door I can go in with my walker. There is some parking in back, but you have to go through a security turnstyle and that doesn't work with the walker.

I have talked with both Human Resources and Employee Health and Security. When I called security they did not patch me through to the head of security-just told me to park in the remote lot and take the bus over (yeah right). I called my boss and told her why I was late. She walked down to security and chewed out the head of security and he then chided me for not calling his cell phone (I didn't have his number - he said he'd given it to me).

By the time all this is done, I'm totally ticked. I still don't like even admitting I'm handicapped /disabled. A lawyer friend said the next step would be to call the state labor department-but I am relunctant to report since I need my health insurance.

They refuse to add more parking spaces-they "have the required number".

Any suggestions?

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    I agree with SOCKITTOME! And remember that your rights are protected not just as an employee needing reasonable accommodations for your physical limitations, but also protected against any negative recourse by your organization should they retaliate if you reported your concerns to the state OSHA. You being late to work (not to mention inconvenienced and embarrassed) is not acceptable - don't let your work suffer from this!
    4097 days ago
  • PUGRAD1995
    They will not allow us to park in visitors slots or individualize them. The "temporary arrangement is that the head of security moves his car to overflow if he is parked in the front lot. But this takes time and then I'm late to work.

    Their opinion is that some people are using their family's disability tag for themselves. We suggested issuing separate "Company" disability tags where they could ask that the tag be in the employees name, but they haven't done that.

    4098 days ago
    I hope this can be resolved
    4098 days ago
  • KITT52
    I'm not sure what the answer is.....but why can't they give you your own space...
    you might ask them that....good luck, it's hard enough but having to fight over handi cap spot is not good....are they handi capped.
    what I found at work some people use someone elses placard just to get the spots...
    sorry you have to go through this.


    4098 days ago
    They might have the "required number" by the letter of the law, but obviously they don't have the required number for the number of handicapped employees working there!

    Perhaps you could talk to the state labor department and just ask what your options are, without identifying yourself or your company. Explain the problem (not enough handicapped spaces and employer won't add more because they have the "required number"), and your concerns (don't want to lose your job), and what options are available short of filing a formal complaint. There are lawyer who specialize in this type of thing, I'm sure -- perhaps you could get a free consult with one of them to see what options might be available. Sounds like some research is in order so you'll know if there is anything you can do.

    Good luck with this...it's scary standing up for yourself, especially when your job could be on the line for speaking up.

    4098 days ago
    How about a spot just for you with your name on? Maybe you can get one if there is no handicapped parking space for you. Talk to some one who can make that happen.
    4099 days ago
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