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Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation?

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The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard a claim from an in-house lawyer who sued her employer for refusing to provide the accommodation she requested as a result of pregnancy-related complications.

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“Miriam,” an employment lawyer who worked for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division (MLG&W) in Tennessee, experienced serious complications during her pregnancy in 2013. As a result, her physician placed her on bed rest for 10 weeks. She then asked to be allowed to work either from her hospital bed or from home while she was

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