Joanne J. Romero, a partner in the firm’s Employment and Labor and Management and Professional Liability groups, wrote an article for Fixed Ops magazine discussing the widespread inclusion of service and emotional support animals in car dealerships and legal requirements with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In “Service and Support Animals: Welcoming Emotional Support Animals and/or Service Animals to your Dealership,” Joanne talks about ADA regulations for service and support animals and making accommodations for employees with disabilities at car dealerships.
“Requests to bring a service animal or an emotional support animal must be processed like any other request for a reasonable accommodation and you must engage in the interactive process to determine if allowing the animal is a reasonable accommodation that is required to assist the disabled employee or applicant to perform an essential job function, and if so whether the reasonable accommodation will impose an undue hardship.”
Joanne J. Romero concentrates her practice on representing employers in employment discrimination and harassment cases in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. She also handles disability accessibility compliance claims under city (NYCHRL), state (NYSHRL), and federal law (Title III of the ADA, Fair Housing Act). Clients turn to Joanne for proactive counsel that focuses on implementing preventative, corrective, and remedial measures. She also has appellate experience at the state and federal level.