Julia's Story Accommodating an Employee With Schizophrenia
Eventually she interviewed with her present supervisor, himself a pharmacist. He knew her supervisors at her previous jobs and knew her reputation as a worker. He agreed during the hiring process to reasonable accommodation in principle without stipulating what the accommodation would be until after her three months' probation. Julia is one of only two night-shift pharmacists in the hospital, which runs a number of specialized intensive care units that keep the pharmacy busy. She works seven nights in a row and then has seven nights off, trading weeks with the other night pharmacist. Her accommodation is that she has an extra week off every nine to 12 months to adjust her medications. She never calls in sick and never misses work, and she gives one to two months' notice when she needs the extra week off.
Julia enjoys her work and is proud she finished pharmacy school after receiving her diagnosis. "[My job] keeps my skills fine-tuned. Just me and my technician are there all night, which I like. I get uncomfortable when the day shift comes in." Her accommodation has been successful throughout her five-year employment with this hospital. "Most people turned me away. My present boss was more receptive."
Workforce, October 1997, Vol. 76, No. 10, p. 32.