Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Scott Fraser

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Juan Sanchez

Third Advisor's Name

Brian Cutler


People with disabilities -- Employment -- Law and legislation -- United States, Discrimination against people with disabilities -- Law and legislation -- United States, People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc -- United States

Date of Defense



The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires that employers provide "reasonable accommodations" for qualified individuals who have a disability, provided that doing so does not result in "undue hardship". There are several guidelines that employers have been given to evaluate the reasonableness of job accommodations. Unfortunately, these guidelines have been criticized as being vague and ambiguous.

Specific factors considered when determining whether or not to grant an accommodation under the ADA have yet to be examined in psychological research. The current study evaluated the impact of cost of accommodations, position level of the employee, and attitudes of raters for their effects on judgements of the reasonableness of requests and on subjects' likelihood of honoring requests. Results showed that accommodations were rated as more reasonable and were recommended to be honored more often for higher level positions than for lower level positions. Measures of attitudes toward disabled persons, both in general and in the workplace, did not have many significant correlations with the dependent measures. Implications of the findings and ideas for future research are discussed.



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