My question involves labor and employment law for the state of:
California. Last year, I was told I would be moved from my office to a cubicle. This forced me to disclose that I suffer from severe anxiety. I have great difficulty around significant noise, lots of people, numerous voices, etc. The area they want to move me to is a huge open area with about 30 people in cubicles. I requested an accommodation to remain in my office and obtained a letter from my psychiatrist. They called an IAP in which I was grilled as to how I do my job, etc. By the way, I work for a county entity. They also required an evaluation by one of their MDs who also recommended I be allowed to remain in an office. Due to the way I was treated in the IAP, I filed a complaint with the EEOC. My employer refused to acknowledge either my Drs. or their Drs. recommendations. They advised me my being in an office was " temporary". Due partially to my still being in an office, the EEOC ruled in their favor. If I had the money, I would have sued. Now, I have been told I will be moved soon. The HRO advised her accommodation will be to provide me earplugs and a flashing phone. For someone with anxiety, not being able to hear someone approach me will only worsen my anxiety. It is no hardship to leave me in an office, this is being done out of spite. Anyhow, as I do not agree with their proposed accommodation, what do I do now? I planned to file with the ADA, not realizing they advise that all work-related complaints be filed with the EEOC. I cannot afford an attorney, or I would sue. The county usually gives 100% weight to their MDs opinion, but since this did not go in their favor, they told me they do not have to rule in favor of their MD's opinion. Do I have any other recourse? Thank you.