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Q. An employee has requested that he be allowed to bring his Labradoodle to work with him. Do we have to accommodate this request?
A. Pets are accompanying their masters everywhere these days. It is not unusual to see pets in public areas, including restaurants, and even on airplanes. Likewise, more employees are requesting to bring man’s best friend to work. Whether an employer has to accommodate such a request depends on whether the employee is qualified individual with a disability, the request for accommodation would enable the employee to perform the essential functions of his or her job, and the animal is a “service animal” as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).