I just got a new job and I go in Monday to sign all the paperwork. I didn't mention my service dog during the interviews or bring her with me, because I've had experience with potential employers not hiring me because of her. Should I bring her with me on Monday or should I mention her then, what should I do? This is the first time she'll be going to work with me
When it comes to service dogs in the workplace it’s not as easy as just walking in with them the way you would if you were a customer. The Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I, which covers employment accommodations) does not require employers to automatically allow you to bring your SD to work. In order to have your SD accompany you to work you must first ask for reasonable accommodations from your employer. This basically means that you need to let them know that you are disabled and that your SD is needed for your disability to be mitigated so you are able to work efficiently.
Your employer has the right to request for reasonable documentation that you need accommodations and may ask for you to provide proof of your disability in the form of a doctor’s note, or to provide proof that your dog is trained and that its presence will not disrupt the workplace.
Employers are required to consider allowing an employee with a disability to use a service animal at work unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or break health code violations. Unless you’re working in dangerous/sterile environments or around food, there aren’t very many good reasons for an employer to reject your request to bring your service dog to work. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, your employer should act promptly to the request for reasonable accommodations and “unnecessary delays” are in violation of the ADA.
Here is more information about requesting for accommodations, and here is more info about service dogs in the workplace for your employer to read if they don’t know what to do when you talk to them. I hope this helps!