Staunton, VA asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Virginia

Q: Can you be fired from your job for an allergy to dogs?

I was hired to work for a cleaning company. I was 'let go' on my first day because I couldn't/wouldn't enter a house with 6 large dogs inside due to my allergy to them. End of day I told my boss I really enjoy my work but couldn't deal with the dogs because of my allergy. He told me there were jobs with no dogs present, but he didn't offer me the chance to work those jobs...he just let me go.

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In general, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, including allergies, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, the ADA may not apply to all employers, depending on the size of the company. It is recommended to consult with an employment law attorney or reach out to the relevant labor department or human rights commission in your jurisdiction to discuss the specific circumstances and applicable laws. They can provide you with guidance on whether your termination was lawful and what recourse you may have.

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