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As HR pros already know, disabled employees still need to be able to perform the essential functions of their job, with or without an accommodation. 

But what happens if an employee can’t come into work because of their condition, but can still get their work done? Is attendance in the workplace necessary then?

In Hostettler v. College of Wooster, an employer tried to argue attendance is always an essential function.

Part-time accommodation

Heidi Hostettler was a full-time HR generalist at the College of Wooster. After having a baby and taking 12 weeks of maternity leave, Hostettler informed her employer she

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