David Barron spoke with HR Dive discussing long COVID-19 may constitute a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations, but not necessarily the one an employee requests, David said. Additionally, because not every case of long COVID-19 constitutes a disability, employers should assess each case on an individualized basis, he noted. If an employer determines that an employee is impaired from participation in a major life activity, "the employer is required to engage in an interactive process to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job," he said.
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