Undue hardship

Under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an undue hardship is an accommodation that would cause a significant difficulty to an employer. To determine whether an accommodation would cause an undue hardship, you have to consider the resources and circumstances of the particular employer in relation to the cost or difficulty of providing the specific accommodation.

Undue hardship is similar to undue burden under Title II (state and local government) and Title III (businesses and nonprofit organizations that are open to the public).

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What is undue hardship?
Infographic that says: What is undue hardship? An employer does not have to provide a reasonable accommodation that is an undue hardship. Undue hardship means significant difficulty or expense. It refers to: the cost compared to the overall size and resources of the organization; accommodations that are unduly extensive, substantial, or disruptive to operations; accommodations that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business.