Bringing Your Service Dog to Work
Bringing Your Service Dog to Work
This is how to take your service dog to work with you. The process, some issues you might run into, and tips from a service dog handler who brings her psychiatric Service Dog to work with her 😁
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The first time I saw/met someone with a service dog at work was the very early 1990s. The lady had a blonde lab that was used for visual problems she had. She also had a special computer set up to help with her visual limitations. This work environment was generally a very good environment. Not directly employed but I was a contractor there. The same place had a great quarter one year and they awarded the employees (not the contractors) with a day where they gave them a celebration day where they went away on buses to a remote location. They gave them $1,000 each and then out of nowhere Kenny Rogers and his band came out and gave a full concert.
Anyway, this was early ADA days and they did a great job of taking the lady around with her dog and letting us all know to not disturb her and the dog and the HR people/managers and most importantly, the lady herself, answered any questions we had about what was appropriate and what wasn’t.
Can you bring your service dog to a hospital if you work in human resource no joke I might work there or marketing so I had to check and see if I can
Yes, any requests for reasonable accommodation should generally be handled up front. Since many work places are not “places of public accommodation” and even the ones that are typically have areas that are for “employees only” then the employer has somewhat more say so in terms of access for service dogs with their handlers. However, it is still illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability and reasonable accommodations are supposed to be made. The operative word is “reasonable”. A place where one would be working in a dust free environment that utilizes centrifuges and requires human hair to be covered could certainly forbid service dog access for the dust free zones. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in the process of applying and or interviewing for a job you can complain to the EEOC yourself or legal representation can guide you through the process.
If the employer can accommodate your access with a service dog that cannot be used as a reason to not hire you. However, merely having a disability and having a service dog that could be reasonably accommodated doesn’t mean they have to hire you since they have other applicants to consider hiring. The thing is though is that inappropriate comments about a dog or your disability could be red flags that you are being discriminated against.
I totally respect the way you approach the situation and not wanting to work at a place that has ignorant (ignorance of Federal Disability Laws that affect the workplace is not excusable ignorance) managers and HR people but if individuals feel they have been illegally discriminated against they can seek legal remedies.
I have a question; If your workplace doesn’t allow your service dog, where would you leave them?
Good video. I am currently looking for employment, and I do have a service dog. But I decided I will not request her to come to work with me because of the nature of the work I will be doing – working in a residential facility as a mental health tech working directly with kids/adolescents that often have behavioral/conduct disorders. Therefore it is an undue burden/hardship to have a SD in that line of work, as well as it being potentially unsafe for my SD. So while at work I have to employ other means to mitigate my disability. Luckily this job will be temporary until I go to grad school (Not until Fall 2020) to get a degree in mental health counseling where it will be easy to accommodate my SD in a private practice. Sucks in the meantime..
I am in the works for asking for accommodation for my SDiT. We will start with short 2 hour shifts and slowly increase depending on how she does. A lot of what you said/suggested is exactly what I was thinking! Some people on social media are saying 9 months is too young, so I’m glad to see your 8 month old pup behaving like my 9 month old pup! My Maxine is amazing and so smart/advanced. Shes been tasking since she was 4 months old. You gave me hope that this will work! I work alone in a quiet closed door office, just me answering phones. I have no doubt she can handle it since it’s a pretty relaxed area. Just have to get the documents to my dr to sign and then we are set. Thank you for restoring my hope (social media people had me doubting me and Maxine!). Great helpful video, thank you!
Quick questions for you, have you noticed that English creme goldens tend to be more calm or more biddable than other show or field lines? I understand it can obviously vary by the parents and genetics but some say this is true and others don’t. And in your opinion do you think that goldens are better than labs for mobility/medical alert service work? Even though you may not have a particular preference I thought I’d ask!
Good informative video! Love you guys as always!